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    Hello everyone!

    I just wanted to bring this article from medicalxpress.com to your attention. It discusses the MCAT test accommodations. As all of you hopefully know there is no statistical difference in the admission rate between those medical school applicants who took the MCAT with accommodations versus those who took it in the regular time. What the study did discover is a material difference in USMLE step examinations as well as a material difference in medical school graduation rates. The article explicitly states that undergraduate GPA was also controlled for during the study.

    So what do you think? Should the MCAT continue to provide accommodations? Should any applicants who apply for accommodations be well aware that their chances of graduating from medical school are going to be measurably lower? (The 4-year graduation rates are 67% for those with accommodations versus 86% and the 8-year graduation rates are 88% versus 97%.)

    Please share your thoughts and comments.

    Best of luck with your applications!


    David Petersam
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.


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    Bob Fisher

    No place for meritocracy in our PC world

    strike a nerve

    Let the ones in favor of accommodations be their patients

    Param R Bal

    I favor these views. Hopefully the pendulum is getting ready to swing back towards the intolerant PC crowd and history will note their foolish beliefs.

    DJ Incredible

    We can’t afford to admit students who don’t graduate.

    Night Hype

    If I’m ever in surgery, I want my doctor to have been selected on the basis of meritocracy.

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