Speaking before the Temple Rodeph Sholom Congregation yesterday, Dr. Harold Rypins, secretary of the Board of Medical Examiners of New York, denied reports of racial discrimination in medical schools.
The regular Sunday morning congregation was augmented by New York University and City College students, doctors, dentists and German Jewish physicians. At the conclusion of Dr. Rypin’s talk he was deluged with questions and protests from the audience.
After reviewing the condition of medical schools throughout the world, the speaker turned to the Jewish angle. He pointed out that fifty per cent of American students migrating to European medical schools are Jews.
17 PER CENT JEWISH
“Several years ago I made a careful study of the admission of Jewish students to American medical schools and I do not believe that the situation has changed appreciably since that time. I found that throughout the country as a whole seventeen per cent of all medical students were Jewish.
“Since the Jews form only 3.4 per cent of the country’s population, the fact that they are selected to fill seventeen per cent of the openings in medical school throughout the country speaks very well for the quality of the Jewish applicants, but it is also evidence against the common allegation of religious and racial discrimination,” he said.