A Philosophy for Choosing Doctors

Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2022 Jul;31(3):407-410. doi: 10.1017/S0963180121001110.


This essay advocates for the wholesale reevaluation of the process used by American medical schools for selecting physicians, examining fundamental questions such as the purpose of physicians and the nature of meritocracy. It raises questions about the size of medical school classes, the specific academic requirements, and the inadequacy of current efforts to increase diversity. Ultimately, the essay argues for consideration of a range of reforms that will focus on the community-empowering aspects of medical admissions decisions.

Keywords: Medical education research; assessment; ethics/attitudes.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Philosophy
  • Physicians*
  • Schools, Medical
  • United States