Monday, April 16, 2012

The New MCAT- Behavioral and Social Sciences

The new MCAT: more than just science
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) traditionally focuses on the biological and physical sciences but scientific knowledge and technical savvy do not always make a good doctor.

Effective 2015, the new MCAT will also test the social sciences by requiring students to analyze passages in areas such as ethics, humanism and cross-cultural studies. At hand is a multiple choice test that will theoretically screen for the right mix of a scientist, humanist and future doctor. 

Will it work? Maybe.

Here is an informative read on the matter, in the NY Times' Education Life magazine, and an argument in favor of the new MCAT published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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