The New and Kinder MCAT

Everybody knows that the MCATs is the biggest entrance exam to get into medical school.   What people may not know is that the people behind the test are also trying to ride the trends to fit the times.   In trying to be more politically correct they decided that “nearly half of the new MCAT will focus on squishier topics in two new sections: one covering social and behavioral sciences and another on critical analysis and reading that will require students to analyze passages covering areas like ethics and cross-cultural studies.”  Read this article in the NY Times where it talks about more and more students trying to get into a medical ethics class where in the past no one would show up. The Association of American Medical Colleges which runs the test wants to “improve the medical admissions process to find the people who you and I would want as our doctors. Being a good doctor isn’t just about understanding science, it’s about understanding people.”  So, it’s not about treating patients as numbers, huh?  Then why is our whole healthcare system moving towards all this quality crap and pay-for-performance bullsh$t?   Yes, the AAMC is right.  It is about treating patients as people and not numbers.   The problem is that changing an entrance exam probably does nothing to change the system.    And students just do what they have to do to ace the test.  After that, as the Talking Heads would say, it is same as it ever was.  After four years of medical school they will mostly want to make money to pay off their school debts and hardly any will choose to be  primary care doctors.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “The New and Kinder MCAT

  1. steve
    April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    If we dumb down the profession, we can get a cheaper product.

  2. Pat
    April 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Compassion, not “impassion”….damn #@#$*& spell corrector

  3. Pat
    April 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    You can bet that the “ethics” will be situational, designed to select positive student responses to popular notions of the greater good. The hopes of medical academicians will be to select malleable types, and then inculcate them with enthusiasm for the contradictory garbage a schizophrenic society and its government are please to regard as health care. These students can learn all the meaningless cross-cultural irrelevancies they like, and the AAMC can continue their part in the grand farce: this is about processing large numbers of people and convincing each other that the object is impassion. The real object is the appearance of compassion. So like their students, the AAMC, the government, the NIH, IOM, CMS, et al et al, are all studying for the test.

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