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By May Jo Ktzl,
Dcspitc"wefl-worn stories of the years of
study and the seemin!y unbearable presv
ure of medical school, indications are that
once in, a student is there to stay.
The attrition rate at the Univerilty of
Nehra&a Medical Center is less than 10
per cent according to Michael J. Carver,
assistant dean for student affairs at the
. "Once you're in, you're going to have to
prove yourself Carver said. If you're
academically incompetent, you won't
make it." "
Most, but not all, medical center stu
dents are academically competent, ac
cording to Carver. The Admissions Com
mittee, which selects medical students,
likes to think that they can weed out
the applicants who will not work well in
the College of Medicine, Carver said.
AQ students intending to apply for en
trance to medical school must take the
Medical College Admission Tests (MCAT)
exam, Zoology Prof. Paul Landolt said. .
Landolt, who also serves as chief pre-med-kal
adviser for UNL students, said most
students take the MCAT twice.
"They do better the second time
around because they know what to ex
pect," he said.
MCAT scores, along with grade point
average, recommendations and interviews,
determine a student's entrance into medi
cal school. The nearly 900 UNL pre-med.
students generally score slightly above
the national MCAT average, Landolt said.
UNL students make up about one-third
of the entrants to the medical center.
Landolt said he attributes this figure more
to the fact that UNL has the largest num
ber of pre-med students applying for
admission than to the quality of the UNL
pre-med program. Pre-med students may
major in any field they wish, but are re
quired to take certain courses outlined
in the pre-med program, Landolt said.
Admission to the medical center is very
competitive. Carver said. This year, 153
students were accepted out of more than
1,100 applicants. Of these 153, all but
one were Nebraska residents.
Carver explained that the medical
center gives priority to Nebraska stu
dents because the school is state-supported.
Once past the admissions stage, with
acceptance letter securely in hand, some
students seem more confident that they
will succeed in their field.
-Oh yeah, III graduate, barring any
unforeseen obstacles," Jane Kugfcr, fresh
man medical student, said. Kugler, a UNL
graduate with a degree in microbiology,
said she feels certain she will continue
with her medical plans.
Another UNL graduate, Margaret Kon
tras, entered the medical center this year
with a degree in music. Kontras said .she
does not feel at a disadvantage with a de
gree unrelated to medicine. .
1 was worried at the time I applied
because medical school was the only plan I
had for my future, Kontras said. It's
hard for me to imagine that 1 will ever
develop skills to work with patients, she
said, but added that she realizes she wffl
sce the end" of her medical education.
Kontras added that a minimum effort
on her part could suffice for the pass-fail
grading system, but I feel responsible to
do as much and learn as much as I can."
She said that medical schools pick stud
ents with high grades because those stu
dents seem to set a personal standard
that won't allow them to get by with only
a minimum of work.
Schorr to open, symposium
- Former CBS correspondent Daniel
Schorr will give the keynote address for a
Power and Conspiracy in America sym
posium Sunday evening, opening a series of
lectures, seminars and discussions on the
Schorr will speak on The People's Right
to Know at 7:30 pjn. Sunday in the Neb
raska Union Centennial Room.
The five-day symposium is sponsored
by the Talks and Topics Committee of the
Union Program CounciL Three UNL stu
dents, Ten Eyster of the Women's Re
source Center, Gary Kissel, and John
Valinch, created the idea for the sympos
ium and presented it to UPC.
The symposium "came out of an inter
est in political assassinations, specifically
John F. Kennedy's, " Valinch said. Sym
posium presentations will give alternative
views on power and conspiracy not pre
sented by the media, Valinch said.
Alternate views on economic and poli
tical power, dissension, and political
assassinations will be presented. "Well
let the people decide for themselves,"
Valinch said. .
Speakers from across the VS. are sche
duled throughout the symposium, which
will run from 10 ajn. to 9 pjn. daily.
Films, seminars, handouts, and a booth
selling books written by the speakers will
supplement the lectures.
Speaker, fees and other symposium
costs are financed by the Talks and Topics
"We're pleased we can put on a $ 1 2 JD00
to $15,000 program for about $4,200,"
Sara Boatman, program adviser for UPC,
Boatman said some instructors are re
quiring students to attend symposium
Ted Howard from the People's Bi
centennial Commission will summarize the
main issues of the symposium Oct. 14 and
speak on Where Does Our Future Lie: Shall
the People Rule?
rwrt--iwhurf: Theresa Forsnan. finooina
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