Medicine: Cram Course for Med School

Like most would-be doctors, Dennis Riston, 24, of Robbins, Ill., knew that medical school was going to be tough. But Riston, a graduate of one of the nation's largest predominantly black universities, in Louisiana, was hardly prepared for the obstacles he encountered after he was accepted at Northwestern University Medical School. "It was hell," he says. "I came up the year the black man was In. But I could not cope with the pace."

Aided by Northwestern tutors, Riston finally mastered the study skills he needed to survive, and is now two years away...

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