1921 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
iners is given. The attention of the medical profession should be called to certain features of this report. Of sixteen men examined, five failed, two of them because of falling below 50 in chemistry, two others because of falling below 65 in chemistry and one other subject, and one partly because of his low grade in chemistry. Of the sixteen men examined, only four were given a grade over 70 in chemistry. The average grade in chemistry was only 67.5, or 7.5 points below the passing mark. If
more » ... passing mark. If all the men were from one school we would say that that school must have a poor chemistry department. These men were from ten different "A" class colleges. All but one were recent graduates. The explanation must be that the questions were unreasonably difficult and technical. It is safe to say that very few of our best physicians could have passed that chemistry examination. It may be the practice in medical schools to use certain of the preliminary and theoretical courses to "thin out" the classes. It is wrong, however, to fail a man who made excellent grades in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, etc., because he didn't know what an "accessory food factor" was, or he forgot the exact number of known amino-acids, or he didn't know all the methods of determining the amount of uric acid in urine and blood, or all the methods of estimating the nonprotein nitrogen in the blood. Should we not demand fairness to the younger men in medicine? If our national examining board must have an examiner who is a theorist and disloyal to his profession, he should at least be required to give an examination that could be passed by more than 25 per cent, of selected applicants.
doi:10.1001/jama.1921.02630260046029 fatcat:pbewe6xvr5fbvlshxwfjxktl7u