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Letters Debate on academic admission criteria

Room for both intellectual titans and vocationalists in medicine

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 10 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6873
  1. Steven Ford, retired general practitioner
  1. Haydon Bridge NE47 6HJ, UK
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Should medical schools relax academic admission criteria?1 With my A levels, I’d barely qualify for a plumbing apprenticeship now. The only conceivable explanations for my admission to medical school are that someone misread my results, my old headmaster had some dirt on the dean, or well stuffed brown envelopes changed hands.

I attended everything—no exceptions—and read mountains of books and journals. Notwithstanding, I …

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