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March 11, 1983

Admission to Medical School

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

JAMA. 1983;249(10):1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330340018017

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To the Editor.—  We read the COMMENTARY by Dr Henry K. Silver, MD, on "special consideration" for admission to medical school (1982;248:1717). We agree wholeheartedly that it is important to apply the same criteria for admission to all applicants and thereby to eliminate special consideration. Furthermore, we believe such practices of fair play are the rule, not the exception, in medical schools in this country.The policies and procedures of the Council on Selection at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine have been fine tuned to ensure a maximum level of fairness. To eliminate the advocacy role played so effectively by some interviewers and not so effectively by others, the Selection Council no longer meets as a group to listen to the comments of the two interviewers, review other application information, and vote on candidates during this session. Instead, the 20 council members (who do all the interviewing)