Career Decisions of Unaccepted Applicants to Medical School

David M. Levine, Carol S. Weisman, Henry M. Seidel

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To investigate the admissions process to medical school and the post-rejection behavior of unaccepted applicants, a national sample of the 16,837 such applicants to the entering medical school class of 1971-1972 was studied in 1973. The majority of the 1,933 respondents had reapplied to medical school following rejection, and 27% had gained entrance to either US or foreign schools by the time of the study. Of those still unaccepted, about half were studying or working in health-related fields of study or occupations at least 2 1/2 years following the initial rejection. We conclude that unaccepted applicants demonstrate considerable variance in postrejection behavior, which is associated with both personal and institutional factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1141-1143
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 16 1975

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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