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February 22, 1995

Performance on the NBME Part I Examination-Reply

Author Affiliations

Southern Illinois Unversity Springfield, Ill
National Board of Medical Examiners Philadelphia, Pa

JAMA. 1995;273(8):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520320025025

In Reply.  —The statement referenced by Dr Nickens follows our description of various programs under way at some medical schools to assist students with relatively poor academic backgrounds and our subsequent suggestion that research investigating the effectiveness of these programs is needed. Some programs focus on helping students improve skills so they become more successful candidates for medical school. For instance, over the past 20 years, more than 600 students have participated in the Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and 60% of them have been admitted to health professions schools. Other programs, such as the one at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, work with students to improve study skills after they have matriculated. We recognize that Project 3000 by 20001 aims to increase the number of minority students actually enrolled in medical schools and did not intend to

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