N.Y. State Medical Schools Charged with Religious Discrimination; Investigation Sought

Medical schools in New York State are using a personal interview method to discriminate against Jewish students, a practice forbidden to colleges and universities under the State’s fair educational practices law, the American Jewish Congress and the New York State Committee on Equality in Education charged today in a letter from Shad Polier, vice-president of the A.J.C., to John P. Myers, Chancellor of the State’s Board of Regents.

The charge was based on the results of a survey conducted by the two organizations which also showed a less favorable treatment of Catholic than of Protestant medical school applications. The organizations, which requested an investigation by the Board of Education of the admissions practices of the nine New York medical schools, had studied the experiences encountered by 61 of the 72 pre-medical students who received State Education Department scholarships. According to Mr. Polier, the study revealed that a religious quota system was illegally in effect in some of these medical schools.

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