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March 11, 1983

Medical School Admissions: A Strategy for Success

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore

JAMA. 1983;249(10):1361-1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330340081042

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The very auspicious title of this book disguises the fact that it merely represents another of those "how-to-do-it" manuals that pander to students seeking admission to medical school. Since the value of such guidebooks depends on the expertise of the authors, it is notable that Wechsler and Gale are not physicians, nor have they ever been directly involved in the process of advising and selecting premedical students.

Despite their bystander status, these authors have compiled a 251-page book that they allege will shatter "the myths about getting into medical school" in a manner that can be used to the advantage of individual applicants. This premise hardly seems justified. What Wechsler and Gale have really provided is a stylistic revision of the Medical School Admissions Requirements handbook published annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In the process, they have added some overly simplistic interpretation of valid statistics and