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On the origins of physicians: Darwinian or Lamarckian evolution?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20954886     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Achieving acceptance to a North American and some European medical schools is one of the most difficult academic tasks faced by undergraduate students. The limited number of spots allows for only a fraction of the most highly promising applicants to be accepted each year. Perhaps one of the difficulties that many students face when applying to medical school is that due to the current restriction on enrollment, the application process poses selective pressures, independent of the applicants' suitability for the medical profession. Here I discuss, based on personal experiences, how I believe the process could become more just to all applicants. Allowing public needs and student interest to better dictate the number of graduating physicians could help relieve some of the current admission pressures, including the rather arbitrary selection of a small fraction of applicants from a large group of sufficiently proficient students. I believe that this proposal, if implemented, will likely not only remove some biases of our admission system, but also sufficiently change the landscape of those accepted, to include students with a genuine professional interest in the underserviced field of family practice.
Phedias Diamandis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1434-6621     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Chem. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806306     Medline TA:  Clin Chem Lab Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1389-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Clin Chem Lab Med. 2010 Oct;48(10):1367-8   [PMID:  20868313 ]

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