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  • Medical-College Entrance Exam Gets an Overhaul (class consciousness, racial and ethnic identity)

    04/16/2015 5:43:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2015 | MELINDA BECK
    The essay section is out and sociology is in, and test-takers will need to be as familiar with psychology terms, such as “reciprocal determinism,” as they are with organic chemistry. ... [A] large new section—one quarter of the test—covers psychology, sociology and the biological foundations of behavior. Official review material includes concepts such as social inequality, class consciousness, racial and ethnic identity, “institutionalized racism and discrimination” and “power, privilege and prestige.” ... The committee considered making the test pass/fail. “There was some sentiment that a person’s future shouldn’t rest on a mathematical score,” said Dr. Lucey. But it was ultimately...
  • Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science

    04/15/2012 5:24:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2012 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ... In addition to the hard-science and math questions that have for decades defined this rite of passage into the medical profession, nearly half of the new MCAT will focus on squishier topics in two new sections: one covering social and behavioral sciences and another on critical analysis and reading that will require students to analyze passages covering areas like ethics and cross-cultural studies. ... In addition to more emphasis on humanistic skills, the new test had to take into account important new values in medicine like diversity, with greater focus on health care for the underserved, Dr. McGaghie said....
  • Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors

    04/29/2011 7:31:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2011 | Madison Park
    The test that all medical school applicants take could place greater emphasis on behavioral and social sciences, adding a new component and lengthening the test to seven hours, if proposed changes are accepted. Members of the committee that proposed the changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) say that this could help better identify applicants who have a greater understanding of behavioral and social factors that contribute to health problems. “We want to broaden the knowledge base that students have about those factors that influence health,” said committee chair Dr. Steven Gabbe, who is also CEO of the Ohio...
  • Revamping MCAT and Pre-Med Education

    04/04/2011 7:13:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Inside Higher Education | April 1, 2011
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  • Oakland judge orders accommodations for disabled test takers

    11/02/2006 7:17:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 918+ views
    AP ^ | 11/2/6
    Oakland -- An Alameda County judge ordered the administrator of the Medical College Admissions Test to overhaul its policies for accommodating people with learning disabilities. Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw issued the order to the Association of American Medical Colleges Tuesday after finding that its policies for disabled test takers violate state civil rights laws. Sabraw gave the AAMC 60 days to revamp its policies for reviewing requests from people with disabilities and to provide accommodations for the MCAT that could include providing extra time, different test settings or special devices or equipment. The initial lawsuit, later expanded to cover...