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Commentary on “How Postbaccalaureate Career Changer and Traditional Medical Students Differ Academically”

Authors: Lewis L. Hsu, MD, PhD


The article by Baill and colleagues in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal1 addresses a moderately important point in medical education, will so-called career changers (CCs) do poorly in medical school? For example, should a medical school seriously consider giving a spot to an applicant who studied liberal arts in college, went on to be a professional musician, and then tackled all of the upper-level science classes in a postbaccalaureate (PB) program?

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1. Baill IC, Khallouq BB, Joledo O, et al. How postbaccalaureate career changer and traditional medical students differ academically. South Med J 2019;112:610-616.
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