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  • Medical-College Entrance Exam Gets an Overhaul (class consciousness, racial and ethnic identity)

    04/16/2015 5:43:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2015 | MELINDA BECK
    The essay section is out and sociology is in, and test-takers will need to be as familiar with psychology terms, such as “reciprocal determinism,” as they are with organic chemistry. ... [A] large new section—one quarter of the test—covers psychology, sociology and the biological foundations of behavior. Official review material includes concepts such as social inequality, class consciousness, racial and ethnic identity, “institutionalized racism and discrimination” and “power, privilege and prestige.” ... The committee considered making the test pass/fail. “There was some sentiment that a person’s future shouldn’t rest on a mathematical score,” said Dr. Lucey. But it was ultimately...
  • Washington State University med school bill hits snag over reproductive health

    02/08/2015 1:02:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Associated Press
    A widely supported bill to let Washington State University open a medical school in Spokane hit a snag when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care because of its partnerships with religious hospitals. House Bill 1559 was scheduled to be voted out of the House Higher Education Committee on Friday, but the vote was delayed after Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, pushed that amendment, the Seattle Times reported. WSU supporters say they have no intention of restricting medical education. But they say Pollet's amendment has no place in...
  • Fake Professor Scares Freshmen Class (Video)

    09/09/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | Sep 09 2013
    Freshmen students at the University of Rochester may have had a terrifying start to their college career, courtesy of a prankster posing as their professor. The video has quickly gone viral, approaching seven million views in just four days. The prankster -- a member of the "Chamber Boys" radio program at the university -- showed up a few minutes early with a briefcase. He erases the chalkboard, writes the name of the real professor and addresses the class. "I'm Dr. Hafensteiner and I'll be your professor for Chemistry 131," he tells the class. The fake professor -- whose real name...
  • Loyola med school to admit undocumented students

    06/14/2013 1:17:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | June 13, 2013 | Claire Bushey
    The university's Stritch School of Medicine not only intends to waive legal residency as an admissions requirement for applicants but aims to offer a financing plan through a state agency
  • For Medical Students, a Growing Residency Gap

    02/15/2013 9:42:42 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 5 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 15, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    In a previous blog entry I discussed reasons not to go to law school, namely, the high debt and low employment ratio. It seems that medical students are facing a similar situation, as reported by the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff. “But there’s also a downside to heading to medical school these days: Students’ odds of getting in a residency program are rapidly shrinking — and medical students have begun to live in fear of this very scary chart,” writes Kliff. The chart contrasts medical residency applications rising steeply, with a gradually increasing line of open 1st year residency positions. As...
  • Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science

    04/15/2012 5:24:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2012 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ... In addition to the hard-science and math questions that have for decades defined this rite of passage into the medical profession, 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. ... In addition to more emphasis on humanistic skills, the new test had to take into account important new values in medicine like diversity, with greater focus on health care for the underserved, Dr. McGaghie said....
  • Do Medical School Acceptance Rates Reflect Preferences for Preferred Minority Groups? (Yes)

    02/16/2012 8:08:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Carpe Diem (blog) ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2012 | Mark J. Perry
    The chart above (click to enlarge) is an update of the chart from this CD post from about a year ago, showing medical school acceptance rates for Asians, whites, Hispanics and blacks based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for the years 2009-2011 (aggregated). For 2011, the average GPA of students applying to medical schools was 3.53 and the average total MCAT score was 28, and the chart displays the acceptance rates for students applying to medical schools with average GPAs (3.40-3.59) and average MCAT scores (27-29) in the highlighted blue column, and the acceptance rates...
  • The Case Against Pro-Life Physicians: Bias Begins at Med School Interview

    09/13/2011 4:16:43 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/08/2011 | DANIEL KUEBLER
    Imagine yourself, a senior in college, sitting in the middle of your dream medical-school interview. Because you have done your homework, the interview is going exceedingly well. You seem to have established a rapport with the interviewer, and your answers are crisp, clear and intelligent. It’s going so well that you are starting to feel confident regarding your chances of gaining admission. That is, until the interviewer hits you with this question: “Suppose a young pregnant woman and her boyfriend come to you seeking an abortion. What would you do?” What would you do? How would you answer? For pro-life...
  • Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors

    04/29/2011 7:31:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2011 | Madison Park
    The test that all medical school applicants take could place greater emphasis on behavioral and social sciences, adding a new component and lengthening the test to seven hours, if proposed changes are accepted. Members of the committee that proposed the changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) say that this could help better identify applicants who have a greater understanding of behavioral and social factors that contribute to health problems. “We want to broaden the knowledge base that students have about those factors that influence health,” said committee chair Dr. Steven Gabbe, who is also CEO of the Ohio...
  • Revamping MCAT and Pre-Med Education

    04/04/2011 7:13:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Inside Higher Education | April 1, 2011
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  • New tactics for diversity: Creating doctors from all racial, ethnic groups

    10/14/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 28 replies
    American Medical News ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Carolyne Krupa
    Nineteen-year-old Rhoda Asimeng has dreamed of becoming a physician since she was 13. She helped care for her two parents, both of whom were diagnosed with cancer when she was a junior in high school. Her father died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is now in remission. "My parents having cancer, and really seeing what they have had to go through, I realized that helping somebody was something I really wanted to do," said Asimeng, now a pre-med sophomore at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. "I definitely want to become a doctor....
  • Indigent bodies must be offered to med schools[Iowa]

    09/02/2010 5:42:35 PM PDT · by Palter · 19 replies
    The Hawk Eye ^ | 26 Aug 2010 | NICHOLAS BERGIN
    Attorney says county must comply with law before burial. The bodies of poor and indigent people for whom Des Moines County would be required to pick up the bill for burial or cremation will soon be offered up to medical schools to use for educational purposes before being laid to rest at public expense. During a recent review of state law while helping update the county's general assistance manual, Senior Assistant County Attorney Amy Beavers turned up an old law, previously unenforced by the county, requiring bodies being buried with taxpayers' dollars must be offered for use by medical science....
  • In Medical School Shift, Meeting Patients on Day 1

    09/02/2010 10:10:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 2, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    ... More than a year in the making, the N.Y.U. [medical school] curriculum makes connections, professors say, between the relatively abstract science being taught in the classroom and the way it plays out in real life. It brings the progressive “hands-on” approach to education from kindergarten into higher education, said Dr. Steven B. Abramson, the medical school’s vice dean for education: instead of playing with blocks, the medical students are, with all due respect, learning to play well with patients.By advancing some of the clinical component into the first two years, the new curriculum also gives students more time in...
  • Getting Into Med School Without Hard Sciences

    07/30/2010 5:06:28 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 107 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 30, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    For generations of pre-med students, three things have been as certain as death and taxes: organic chemistry, physics and the Medical College Admission Test, known by its dread-inducing acronym, the MCAT. So it came as a total shock to Elizabeth Adler when she discovered, through a singer in her favorite a cappella group at Brown University, that one of the nation’s top medical schools admits a small number of students every year who have skipped all three requirements. * They forgo organic chemistry, physics and calculus — though they get abbreviated organic chemistry and physics courses during a summer boot...
  • AAMC Says Study Ranking Medical Schools' "Societal Mission" Is Flawed

    06/16/2010 8:40:37 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 3 replies · 156+ views
    AAMC ^ | June 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C., June 15, 2010—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) issued the following statement today on "The Societal Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools," a new study in the June 15 Annals of Internal Medicine: "The new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine presents a flawed and limited picture of how medical schools serve society's needs through their integrated missions of education, research, and patient care. Medical schools are very committed to their social missions. While producing primary care physicians, ensuring more diversity in the physician workforce, and encouraging more doctors to practice in underserved areas are...
  • UMass Medical to invite freshmen (with 10% minority or low-income set-aside)

    01/25/2010 2:48:37 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 714+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 25, 2010 | Tracy Jan
    WORCESTER - The University of Massachusetts Medical School, seeking to bolster the number of minority physicians in Massachusetts, plans to offer high school seniors the rare opportunity to gain admission to college and medical school at the same time. Under an initiative set to be finalized today, the state’s only public medical school will partner with UMass campuses in Boston, Amherst, Lowell, and Dartmouth to create a joint baccalaureate-MD program that would ensure admission for aspiring doctors from underrepresented ethnic and socioeconomic groups. UMass officials say they hope the Medical Scholars Program - among a few of its kind in...
  • 'White African-American' Suing N.J. Med School for Discrimination

    05/13/2009 9:42:06 PM PDT · by Westlander · 28 replies · 1,552+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | 5-13-2009 | SARAH NETTER
    Born and raised in Mozambique and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Serodio, 45, has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a "white African-American."
  • State Supreme Court tosses lawsuit over lost cadaver

    04/08/2009 3:44:51 PM PDT · by jasonmyos · 4 replies · 357+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-The California Supreme Court has tossed a lawsuit over a lost cadaver, ruling that medical schools have no legal responsibility to "safeguard the sensibilities" of donors' families. The suit against the University of California at Irvine was brought by Evelyn Conroy after she learned that whereabouts of her husband's remains were unknown...
  • Pro-Abortion Med Student Shrinks away from Practice after "Disturbingly Brutal" Procedure

    11/24/2008 4:31:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 135 replies · 2,764+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/24/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    BALTIMORE, November 24, 2008 ( - Though she had practiced the procedure as a student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine by scraping out a piece of fruit with razor-sharp abortion instruments, Lesley Wojcik learned that her training could never have prepared her for a real abortion. What caught her off-guard, says the second-year med student, was the brutality of a procedure that subjects women to extreme pain. In a Washington Post article detailing her journey to become an abortionist, Wojcik describes how during her first witnessed abortion, she recoiled in horror as the mother began letting out...
  • Court: New Mom Must Get Extra Test Time {for Breastfeeding}

    09/26/2007 11:05:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 256 replies · 204+ views
    AP via SFgate ^ | 9/26/7 | DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer
    BOSTON, (AP) -- A Harvard student must be allowed extra break time during her nine-hour medical licensing exam so she can pump breast milk to feed her 4-month-old daughter, a Massachusetts appeals court judge ruled Wednesday. Sophie Currier, 33, sued after the National Board of Medical Examiners turned down her request to take more than the standard 45 minutes in breaks during the exam. Currier said she risks medical complications if she does not nurse her daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two to three hours. A Superior Court judge last week rejected Currier's request to order the board...
  • Yale School of Medicine Requires Abortion Training for Ob/gyn Residents

    08/23/2006 4:15:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 162 replies · 2,214+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/23/06 | Peter J. Smith
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, August 23, 2006 ( – Ob/gyn residents at Yale’s School of Medicine must undergo training in abortion procedures in a required residency program established by Planned Parenthood’s Connecticut branch (PPC).Second year ob/gyn residents will have to complete two four-week rotations with PPC for training in abortion techniques such as vacuum suction, medical abortions, and other “family planning” services in a program entitled Family Planning/Ambulatory Surgery."Yale is very satisfied with the experience and training the residents are receiving at PPC and are especially happy with the number of patients the residents see," said Mary Bawza, chief operating...
  • Crocodile kills humanitarian professor: Renowned med school teacher in Africa to fight AIDS

    03/21/2006 9:08:12 PM PST · by aculeus · 84 replies · 2,727+ views ^ | March 22, 2006 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A professor at the University of Washington Medical School who moved to Botswana to help alleviate a shortage of doctors there, was killed when a crocodile dragged him from a dugout canoe, his family and colleagues said. Richard K. Root, 68, was on a wildlife tour of the Limpopo River in remote northeastern Botswana with his wife, Rita O'Boyle, on Sunday when it happened. The couple had been visiting a clinic in the area. A nationally known expert in infectious disease and the former chief of medicine at Harborview Medical Center here, Root went to the...
  • Pataki Remains Hospitalized; No Discharge Date Set

    02/28/2006 8:22:34 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 27 February 2006 | (AP)
    Gov. George Pataki remained hospitalized Monday nearly a week after undergoing a surgery to correct a postoperative complication related to an emergency appendectomy. Pataki, 60, continued eating some food Monday but also remained on intravenous nutrition and antibiotics to reduce the risk of an abscess... `The governor's doctors have indicated that there has been a slow return of normal digestive function because of the ruptured appendix,'' ... Pataki was originally to be released two days after the Feb. 16 appendectomy. ``The governor continues to be in good spirits and is reading, walking around and conducting state business,'' ...
  • Med School Gets Monitor Amid Fraud Probe

    12/30/2005 5:47:10 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 10 replies · 321+ views
    AP via ^ | Dec. 29, 2005 | CHRIS NEWMARKER
    NEWARK, N.J. — Trustees of the nation's largest medical school appointed a federal monitor Thursday to oversee its finances amid an investigation of Medicare and Medicaid fraud that could amount to tens of millions of dollars, officials said. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey agreed to the federal monitor last week after a threat from U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to indict the school if it did not accept. Trustees voted 5-0 in favor of appointing Herb Stern, a former federal prosecutor and judge, to a two-year term as monitor to sort out the institution's finances. Stern, 69,...
  • Havana Medical School Sees First Grads

    08/20/2005 9:06:15 PM PDT · by al196717 · 62 replies · 750+ views
    the Gaurdian ^ | Sunday August 21, 2005 3:01 AM | By VANESSA ARRINGTON
    HAVANA (AP) - A Latin American medical school created as a regional initiative in 1998 after two hurricanes devastated Caribbean and Central American nations graduated its first class on Saturday. Students at the school come from Latin American, Africa and the United States. Most come from low-income families and receive a free education on the condition they return home to serve their communities after graduation. On Saturday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro - who have become close allies as they stake their leadership on opposition to the United States - handed out diplomas to several of...
  • Education, politics and a tasteless display (Corrupt New President at UMDNJ)

    04/08/2005 6:31:53 PM PDT · by Steve Cohen · 9 replies · 640+ views
    The Bergen Record ^ | 4/6/05 | James Ahearn
    OPINION THE RECORD Education, politics and a tasteless display Wednesday, April 6, 2005 By JAMES AHEARN AS PLANNED, the party for John Petillo's inauguration as president of the state University of Medicine and Dentistry was going to set a New Jersey record for vulgar extravagance. Bear in mind that the university is a public institution, supported by taxes. Bear in mind that the State House is struggling to fill a $4 billion hole in the budget for next year. Against that background, consider that the university was going to spend $20,000 to rent the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in...
  • Anatomy Lessons, a Vanishing Rite for Young Doctors

    03/22/2004 10:53:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 389+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2004 | ABIGAIL ZUGER
    Over the centuries, dissecting the human body has evolved from a criminal offense to a vehicle of mass entertainment to an initiation rite. In the Middle Ages, human dissections were forbidden. In 17th century Europe, medical school dissections were open to the public and often attracted unruly crowds cracking obscene jokes. By the 20th century, dissection had become the exclusive purview of scientists and a mandatory rite of passage for all doctors. The scandals reported this month with donated cadavers at the University of California, Los Angeles and Tulane University are simply the most recent in a field long beset...
  • Medical Student Being Failed at University of Manitoba for Not Providing Abortion Option

    03/19/2004 2:59:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies · 220+ views
    Lifesite ^ | Thursday March 18, 2004
    WINNIPEG, March 18, 2004 ( - A medical student in his last year at the University of Manitoba Medical School will be denied his degree for his unwillingness to partake in any abortion-related activity. The Christian student, who wishes to remain unnamed, received a failing grade in an Obstetrics and Gynecology portion of his program for refusing to perform or refer for any abortive procedure. Three separate appeals to the Medical School have all failed to correct the matter. Carolee Neufeld, a friend of the family who is handling media calls told that the failure stands despite the fact...
  • Christian medical students want anti-evolution lectures

    11/19/2003 10:15:28 AM PST · by yonif · 614 replies · 1,774+ views
    Aftenposten (Norway News) ^ | 19 Nov 2003 | Jonathan Tisdall
    Medical student John David Johannessen and the leader of the Christian Medical Students Circle have petitioned the medical faculty at the University of Oslo for lectures "that not only argue the cause for evolution, but also the evidence against", student newspaper Universitas reports. "The theory of evolution doesn't stand up and does not present enough convincing facts. It is one theory among many, but in education it is discussed as if it is accepted by everyone," Johannessen said. Johannessen is a believer in creationism, based on the biblical account. "Of course one has to know the theory of evolution, it...
  • Med Schools: Four That Flunk

    06/29/2003 7:55:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 1,609+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 6-29-03 | By JACK DOLAN And ANDREW JULIEN, Courant Staff Writers
    Med Schools: Four That Flunk June 29, 2003 By JACK DOLAN And ANDREW JULIEN, Courant Staff Writers Idaho regulators investigating complaints involving 12 patients revoked Dr. Brent E. Woodfield's license after concluding that he didn't understand "the basic principles of the practice of medicine." For Dr. Anacleto Capua, accused of misdiagnosing fatal conditions in three patients, refresher medical courses were recommended by Florida authorities concerned about his medical skills. Hitting the books might have helped Dr. Narpat Panwar, who flunked the U.S. medical licensing exam seven times before passing - only to be accused later in New York of botching...
  • Med Schools: Four That Flunk

    06/30/2003 6:03:58 AM PDT · by CatoRenasci · 16 replies · 200+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 29, 2003 | Jack Dolan and Andrew Julien
    Idaho regulators investigating complaints involving 12 patients revoked Dr. Brent E. Woodfield's license after concluding that he didn't understand "the basic principles of the practice of medicine." For Dr. Anacleto Capua, accused of misdiagnosing fatal conditions in three patients, refresher medical courses were recommended by Florida authorities concerned about his medical skills. Hitting the books might have helped Dr. Narpat Panwar, who flunked the U.S. medical licensing exam seven times before passing - only to be accused later in New York of botching a childbirth so badly the newborn suffered brain damage.
  • If there's a shortage of doctors, why not allow more Americans to become one? (My title)

    11/18/2002 9:27:15 AM PST · by End The Hypocrisy · 199 replies · 1,253+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 18th, 2002 | Wash Times Editorial
    <p>"According to the American Medical Association, 12 states face serious dangers of doctor shortages due to spiraling insurance costs." Isn't this the same protectionist AMA that's now being sued for antitrust violations regarding its residency program? Are we sure the AMA's excessively restrictive admissions system isn't mainly to blame for the lack of doctors? Did you know that in nearly all OTHER countries, medicine is a highly focused UNDERgraduate degree? It's less costly and lucrative to become a doctor abroad, and people pursue medicine much more for a love of medicine than of money. Doctors abroad aren't nearly as eager to quit, unsurprisingly. Meanwhile, medical services overseas are better than the AMA would have us believe. Millions of Americans have already chosen to retire abroad, despite language barriers. Do you know any such expatriates whom you could ask to compare medical services (and costs) here and abroad? Do they think that excessive fees here are justified by purportedly better medical services? Or are we simply paying the price of the AMA's protectionism, while resulting U.S. doctors care much more about golf courses and holiday parties than they do about patients whom they must be bothered with long enough to repay loans?</p>
  • Race Preferences in Medical Schools

    07/03/2002 7:55:59 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 41 replies · 340+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 3 jul 02 | John Perazzo
    During the first several decades of the twentieth century, colleges and universities commonly denied admission to minority-group members whose high-school grades and standardized test scores surpassed those of whites who were offered an opportunity to enroll. Thanks to the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, such blatant discrimination became illegal. But since then, the pendulum has swung strongly in the opposite direction. Many colleges have created affirmative action programs designed to boost minority enrollments by granting preferences to blacks and Hispanics in the admissions process.   Defenders of preferences claim that these policies are little more than “tie-breakers,” designed...