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ERIC Number: EJ812978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1382-4996
A Compromise Method to Facilitate Under-Represented Minority Admissions to Medical School
Reiter, Harold; MacCoon, Kathryn
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v12 n2 p223-237 May 2007
Ranked purely on the basis of the available reliable and valid measures, the demographic composition of incoming medical students fails to meet societal concerns regarding under-represented minorities (URM). Admissions offices are squeezed, administratively and legally, between honouring objectively measured individual merit and addressing societal needs. Until more successful recruitment and preparation of URM applicants closes that gap, compromise methods balancing those discordant ideals can be applied. Indeed, as progress over time decreases the relative societal need for affirmative action, compromise methods are mandated by no less a voice than that of the United States Supreme Court. This article proffers one such method, based upon the work of Hofstee, and demonstrates how it can be practically applied to a specific URM challenge. As perspective, past and present philosophical approaches to this discordance are categorized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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