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Medical School / Медицинская школа
Read Медицинская школа The Harvard University Medical School admits 100 new students each year. This year, as in all previous years, the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces. Based on preliminary decisions, 96 out of the 100 spaces have been filled.

However, there are eight applicants still in the running for the four remaining spots. Listed below you will find a short biographical sketch of the eight applicants. Choose the four you feel are best qualified for admission to the Medical School.

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The University is committed to affirmative action; there can be no discrimination based on sex.
Decide and Write Applicant 1: Qais Heggi, age 26, Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Cairo

Mr. Heggi had the equivalent of a 3.9 GPA at Cairo (out of a possible 4.0), and he scored 890 (out of a possible 900) on the MCAT. He also worked for one year as a medical assistant at the Cairo Teaching Hospital. On his application he writes, "I want to become a doctor so I can return to my native country of Oman and help relieve the shortage of experienced doctors there."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 2: Mary Townshend, age 23, Master of Nuclear Technology from MIT

Ms. Townshend had a perfect 4.0 GPA at MIT, and she scored 876 on the MCAT. While doing her graduate work at MIT, she directed a research team that made outstanding breakthroughs in the use of nuclear technology to remove tumors. She writes, "I believe that the medical expertise and facilities available at Harvard will be of incalculable help as I continue researching ways to eradicate cancer."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 3: Gilles Poitier, age 24, Master of Science in Anatomy from the Sorbonne in Paris

Mr. Poitier had the equivalent of a 3.85 GPA at the Sorbonne, and he scored 895 on the MCAT. Mr. Poitier took two years off from school to work as a medical assistant in the desert region of Algeria. According to his statement, he "wishes to return to a developing country to practice medicine."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 4: Johann Kruger, age 24, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of South Africa, Capetown

Mr. Kruger had the equivalent of a 3.95 GPA, and he scored 870 on the MCAT. While working on his graduate degrees, he was an intern at Groote Schuur Hospital, where he worked with Dr. Christian Barnard, the pioneer of heart transplant surgery. Barnard highly recommends Kruger, who writes that he wishes "to specialize in cardiology at Harvard."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 5: Sarah Collinswood, age 25, Master of Science in Biochemistry from Oxford University, England

Ms. Collinswood had the equivalent of a 3.82 GPA, and she scored 896 on the MCAT. Her master’s thesis at Oxford was the brilliant and widely acclaimed "A DNA Approach to Fighting Disease." She hopes to "increase my understanding of the body’s biochemical composition so that I can continue to learn more about man’s natural disease-lighting mechanisms."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 6: Bill Ankermajian, age 20, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Stanford, Master of Science in Physiology from Harvard

Mr. Ankermajian had a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout college, and made 882 on the MCAT. Harvard Professor Emeritus Philip Jones considers Ankermajian "one of the two or three most innovative thinkers I’ve ever taught." Ankermajian writes that he believes "my talents could best be realized in the field of surgery."
Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 7: Shuichi Nagai, age 24, Master of Science in General Medicine from Tokyo University

Mr. Nagai had the equivalent of a 3.97 at Tokyo, and he scored 885 on the MCAT. He has worked as an intern for one year at Tokyo General Hospital and has published two articles in the Harvard Medical Review describing ways to treat neurological disorders. He wishes "to continue my research in the neurological field."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Applicant 8: Vanessa Morgan, age 27, Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago, Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Anatomy from Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Morgan had a 3.91 GPA at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins, and she scored 888 on the MCAT. She is already recognized as an expert in the limited field of bone-marrow diseases, and she writes that she wishes "to expand my knowledge to the broad area of all bone disorders."

Reasons in favor of acceptance:
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Reasons in favor of rejection:
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Conclusion of committee:
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Extend 1. MCAT, TOEFL, GRE, SAT — Do universities put too much emphasis on tests?

2. Do you think the TOEFL test is a good test of English? What does the TOEFL test not include?

3. What is your opinion of affirmative action? How can institutions try to correct the effects of past discrimination?

4. Role play: With a partner, write and act out an interview between a university entrance officer and a prospective student.
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