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(February 2000)

Dear Editor:

I spent the first three years of my educational experience at UCR as a part of the second inaugural class of Biomedical students. In honor of the recent Fiat Lux article discussing the 25th anniversary of the Biomedical Program at UCR (December 199, Vol. IX, Number 5) I would like to share some thoughts.

During my first three years in the program I worked very hard. When the final selection was made prior to the fourth year of study, I was one of a number of students who were not invited to advance with my classmates. At the time I was very disillusioned and I spent a great deal of time and effort applying to other medical schools.

I attended a foreign medical school for two years and was successful in returning to the United States to complete my last two years and then graduated from the University of Miami, School of Medicine.

I have, in the ensuing years, chosen pediatrics as my career and am very proud of my accomplishments. In that time I have come to the realization that the rigorous selection process affected many others, and for those people who did not get to complete the Biomedical Science Program, I hope that they too have found satisfaction in their careers and their lives.

Fred Malkin, M.D., F.A.A.P.

(B.S. Biology '79)

Fullerton, Calif.

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