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BU Medical School selects students based on “holistic review,’’ not just test scores and grades

Medical schools traditionally have accepted students with the highest test scores and best science grades. But in an article published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Robert Witzburg of Boston University School of Medicine writes about what he considers a better approach to choosing future physicians: holistic review.

Medical schools that use this method give potential students points for overcoming adversity, showing resilience, and being empathetic -- as well as for academic achievement. Admissions officers consider letters of reference, interviews, and community service experience to evaluate these qualities.

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