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January 7, 1983

The Physician as an Educated Person

JAMA. 1983;249(1):19. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330250014009

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To the Editor.—  "Premedical Students, Admissions Committees, and `the Physician as an Educated Person' " was in my mailbox on the day my daughter graduated from medical school. By Dr Rhoads' criteria my daughter was an ideal medical candidate; yet it took two years and almost 30 applications before she was admitted.I blame myself because I gave her bad advice—that a physician had to have a superb foundation in science and that anyone who did not, necessarily practices second-rate medicine, that the person had to be educated, and, finally, that integrity mattered.My daughter had decided in her junior year of secondary school that she had exhausted the curriculum and went on to a women's college after "early decision" admission (and after she won the science and music awards). She chose a double major, chemistry and art history, the last because she knew nothing about art and wanted to learn.