|AJO-DO 2014; 146(4):412|
Another year has rolled by, and it's again time for you to participate in the admissions interviews for your alma mater. It is becoming more and more difficult to identify those who not only would fit into your program, but would also contribute to your beloved specialty. The first transcript on your desk demonstrates the applicant's strong ability in the basic sciences and clinical course work. He seems to have difficulty in writing and communicating, however. A careful review of his faculty recommendations hints at this weakness. His grades on his college record confirm your suspicions....Yet his application essay was so eloquent that you discussed the composition with the admissions committee chair when you originally read it.
You can probably guess....but will you know how to handle this situation if you ever find yourself it? Read Peter Greco's thoughtful comments in the October 2014 issue of the Journal.