Change is coming.  In 2015 the MCAT, the exam that medical schools use to help select medical students, in changing significantly. The below is lifted from the MCAT website.  My understanding is that the below represents about half the exam. 
  • Natural sciences sections of MCAT2015 reflect recent changes in medical education.
  • Addition of the social and behavioral sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.
  • And the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section reflects the fact that medical schools want well-rounded applicants from a variety of backgrounds.
Ostensibly, it is intended to select better, more successful physicians.
It sounds like a positive step.  How will instructors and residency directors shape this new group?  Will it result in more empathetic physicians?  The first results of this experiment will be graduating from residencies in the early 2020's.

--Dave


 


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