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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Medical Education: A Report By The Macy Foundation

A report issued by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving medical education and enhancing minority representation in the health professions, suggested reforms to improve medical education at time when medical school are increasing enrollments.

This is an interesting report and addresses three main concerns:

1) The growing amount of debt that medical students incur.

2) Medical student bodies do not represent the racial, economic and geographical makeup of society at large. Schools were encouraged to reexamine admissions policies and the reliance placed on MCAT scores.

3) Students are encouraged to maintain professionalism but, often, these standards are not exhibited by respected role models in the health care setting.

This is an important report to read for anyone involved (or soon to be involved!) in medical education. Click Here to read the report. Click Here to read the AAMCs response the report.