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Revamping the medical school admission test

There’s more today on efforts to revise the MCAT. Pauline Chen, MD, writes on Well:

Despite what some view as a long overdue re-examination of this linchpin of medical school admissions, many medical educators, including members of the advisory committee, remain cautious about tampering with a test that has proved successful so far.

“It’s like trying to improve a Honda,” said Dr. Ronald D. Franks, vice chairman of the committee and vice president of health sciences at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. “When you’ve got something that’s working extremely well, you can make improvements, but you’ve got to be mindful of the services it has rendered.”

Previously: Changes ahead for the MCAT


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