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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

For John, BLUFDo you see a Progressive drift in your professional development efforts?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Why should we care about the opinions of aspiring doctors?

From The Weekly Standard, by Ms Devorah Goldman, 6 April 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

In 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges revised the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) for the first time in nearly 25 years, stretching the full exam-day experience from around five hours to eight or more.  The test drew attention at the time for its sheer length; less widely noted was the explicitly ideological bent of the new exam.

The AAMC occupies a curious place in the world of medicine.  It forms one-half of the only government-approved accrediting entity for U.S. medical schools, and it is solely in charge of administering both the MCAT and the national standardized medical school application.  Unlike the American Medical Association, which represents physician groups without exercising much direct control over doctors, the AAMC has immediate and significant authority over its constituent medical schools and academic health centers.  And in recent years, it has used this leverage to fundamentally alter the way medical schools assess applicants.

If you are thinking there is a political line here you would not be mistaken.  But, be fair and read the whole thing.

I wonder what this means for the quality of future medical professionals.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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