Starting in 2015, undergraduates wanting to go to medical school will be taking a revamped version of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), with new sections focusing on social and behavioral sciences (see “Major Changes on the Horizon for the MCAT” in the August issue of ENT Today).
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But that’s not the only planned change to the med school admissions process. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is preparing a whole new slate of recommendations for improving the way med schools screen students. The changes will be designed to look at more than just classroom and test performance. They’re an effort to get at what kind of people the applicants are—and whether they have the qualities that will make them good, caring doctors.
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The new recommendations are a turn toward what the AAMC is calling “holistic admissions.” The goal is to assess each student’s “pre-professional attributes,” including communication skills, ability to work as part of a team, ethics sensibilities and other traits.