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American medical colleges propose greater focus on social sciences

April 5, 2011 848

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has proposed a number of reforms to the MCAT – the standardized test taken by students applying to medical school.

One of the main recommendations is an explicit emphasis on social and behavioral sciences. The advisory panel suggests that this could lay a strong foundation for medical students to learn about the human and social aspects of medicine.

The MCAT has traditionally assessed students on their knowledge of content, rather than skills-based aptitude. These changes would require students to demonstrate aptitude in critical thinking, ethical judgment and behavioral traits, to enable them to be more broadly prepared for a medical career.

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