Robert C. Hilborn
Associate Executive Officer
American Association of Physics Teachers
University of Texas at Dallas
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians Report and the Revised MCAT: Implications for Introductory Physics and Chemistry Courses for the Life Sciences
In 2009, the Association of American Medical Colleges in collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute published a report on the Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians. The report recommends a list of scientific and mathematical competencies for both undergraduates preparing to enter medical school and for medical school graduates. Subsequently, the AAMC undertook a review and revision of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This talk will explain why the SFFP report decided to emphasize competencies (rather than courses), what those competencies are, and the implications of those recommendations for the revised MCAT and the role of physics and chemistry in the preparation of future physicians.