Each semester, I have lots of students who are life sciences majors, many with the intention of taking the MCAT. Some students take my courses for the MCAT or research paper requirement, almost exclusively.
This is an adjustment for Sociology Departments and teachers around the world, but the AAMC produced an open letter that I think helps everyone understand the change: (see attachment below for full letter from Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. President and CEO AAMC).
One of the biggest changes to the test in 2015 that will help medical schools make this assessment is a new section, the “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.” Testing students’ understanding of these areas is important, because being a good physician is about more than scientific knowledge. It is about understanding people—how they think, interact, and make decisions. Together with a solid foundation in the natural sciences, an understanding of behavior, perception, culture, poverty, and other concepts from psychology and sociology all contribute to the well-rounded physician. Of course, we want our doctors to understand how chemical compounds interact so our prescriptions do not have adverse interactions. But we also want our doctors to have good bedside manner, communication skills, and an ability to interact with people.
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