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The Selection of Medical Students-Reply

James A. Chappell, MD; Richard A. DeVaul, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(17):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390170047020.
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In Reply.—  We appreciate Mr Shepard's interest in our article and are in complete accord with his concern for selection of candidates who will be both competent and compassionate physicians. The use of statistical analysis in an area so subjective as the selection of medical students may appear to obfuscate. Our purpose was simply to establish that the students who were initially rejected were a different population from those who were initially accepted at Houston and at other medical schools. Conversely, we deemed it important to establish that there were no differences between groups at the conclusion of the formal curriculum.It was not our intent to condemn the interview as a part of the selection process. We have not suggested that there is an either-or dichotomy in choosing between academic credentials and impressions gained by a personal interview. We have seen, and we continue to see, the importance of


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