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October 8, 1997

Medical School Admission Criteria: The Needs of Patients Matter

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medical Education, American Medical Association; Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1997;278(14):1196-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550140088047

Davidson and Lewis1 report on 20 years of experience with a special admission program at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine (UC Davis). This school, like the other allopathic medical schools and osteopathic medical colleges in the United States, is blessed with a surfeit of applicants: UC Davis had 5162 formal applicants in 1997, from which it obtained 93 newly entering students (H. Jonas, oral communication, September 1997). The task of the medical admissions committee is to select those best qualified from the larger number of qualified applicants.

See also p 1153.

The easy way to select medical students is to compare numerical data such as preapplication test scores on standardized examinations and grade point averages (GPAs). These factors are predictive of future performance in like examinations and similar course work, but they may contribute only moderately to answering the question of which applicants are best qualified.

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