A few items of note in the medical school admissions world.
- AAMC announced last week that the MCAT will undergo a “comprehensive review” for the first time since 1990. “An advisory panel of 21 medical education, student, and undergraduate
representatives from the United States and Canada has been appointed by
the association to conduct the review. The “MR5 Committee” will
be chaired by Steven Gabbe, M.D., senior vice president of health sciences
and CEO of The Ohio State University Medical Center; Ronald Franks, M.D.,
vice president of health sciences at the University of South Alabama,
will serve as vice chair.” For those of you dreading this exam — even the recently shortened version of it — don’t hold your breath. AAMC doesn’t expect the committee to complete its review until 2012.
- George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences revealed this week that is has been placed on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the recognized accrediting body for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the U.S. and Canada. GW added:
“The School is already developing an action plan to correct the noted
areas that did not meet the LCME’s standards including curriculum
management, lounge and study space for students, and internal
administrative processes. The School has up to 24 months to address
these issues and plans to complete its work within the academic year.
“The School is committed to academic excellence and to providing a
superior education for its medical students. The LCME commended the
School for providing students with a strong educational experience and
for its instructional expertise and diverse student body. Nevertheless,
the School readily accepts the need to remedy the LCME’s concerns and
will work promptly and diligently to do so.”