I know there's been a lot of talk here recently about grades vs. compassion and so forth. Well, I learned something interesting yesterday that I thought I would share with the group. My grandparents (both in their 80s) were recently involved in a hit-and-run accident. They were in their car at a stoplight and some young guy plowed into them quite hard from behind. The guy who hit them immediately sped off leaving the accident. My grandfather, thankfully, was okay. My grandmother, being quite frail, sustained injuries to her head and neck (severe headaches, nausea, and occasional loss of consciousness). For the past two weeks she's been seeing a neurologist without much success. The interesting conclusion to the story is this: There was a woman on the corner who witnessed the ordeal. She penciled down the guy's license plate and they caught him last week. It turns out the guy is an M.D. student here at the local state university. It occurred to me: we have truly have no means to assess the quality of ANY medical school applicant. Undoubtedly, this student must be intelligent and posess good numbers like everyone else. But in my opinion, his seat in that medical school is wasted. His lack of responsibility for his own actions disqualifies him from being responsible for others. It is entirely possible that someday he might possess the knowledge of HOW to practice good medicine, but lack the ethics and values to put that knowledge to proper use. I guess it is more than intelligence and much more than compassion. Applicants must also posess proper ethics and values if they are going to facilitate any form of healing. How do we assess these qualities, or can we?