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Accepting randomness in medical school admissions: The case for a lottery


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This article fails to acknowledge that a well-intentioned medical school admissions lottery inadvertently creates a system where once past the combined GPA, CARs and Casper score cutoff, the biggest factor that decides whether you get in or not is the number of times you apply. It would be similar to how you have a higher chance of winning the lottery the more tickets you buy. Medical school applications are expensive and have an associated opportunity cost that would be more of a burden on those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Someone from a rich family could afford to wait year-on-year and continue applying 3,4 or 5 times until they eventually get accepted. This would be harder to do for someone with financial constraints and/or familial responsibilities. The only way to make an admissions lottery fair would be to give everybody only one chance to apply but that has its own issues. 

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23 minutes ago, Philo-King said:

This article fails to acknowledge that a well-intentioned medical school admissions lottery inadvertently creates a system where once past the combined GPA, CARs and Casper score cutoff, the biggest factor that decides whether you get in or not is the number of times you apply. It would be similar to how you have a higher chance of winning the lottery the more tickets you buy. Medical school applications are expensive and have an associated opportunity cost that would be more of a burden on those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Someone from a rich family could afford to wait year-on-year and continue applying 3,4 or 5 times until they eventually get accepted. This would be harder to do for someone with financial constraints and/or familial responsibilities. The only way to make an admissions lottery fair would be to give everybody only one chance to apply but that has its own issues. 

or make the application process less expensive

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