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Philadelphia Survey Indicates City’s Four Medical Schools Practice Discrimination

A “definite pattern of discriminatory quotas” has been revealed as a result of a year-long survey of the four medical schools in Philadelphia by the Jewish Community Relations Council. The survey covered all colleges and professional schools, but only the medical schools were found to be practicing widespread discrimination.

The survey was conducted with the assistance of several hundred volunteer workers and using a new pattern called the “Classmate Identification Method,” under which a member of each class was asked to identify the race, religion and national background of all other members of the class, and the information was checked by another member of the group. This tended to rectify errors resulting from Jewish students having non-Jewish names, or non-Jews having Jewish-sounding names. The survey also disclosed discrimination against Italian-American and Negro students, particularly the latter. The survey was released by Abraham L. Freedman, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council.