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Medical Schools Reportedly Ditching Standardized Tests in the Name of Diversity

Medical Schools Reportedly Ditching Standardized Tests in the Name of Diversity

“The MCAT has been shown to predict who has the best chance to be successful in medical school”

People in the know are sounding an alarm about this. It’s a very bad idea.

The Daily Caller reports:

‘Dangerous Trend’: Medical Schools Are Ditching Standardized Tests In The Name Of ‘Diversity’

A developing medical school trend to ditch the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) requirement may not bode well for the future of the profession, medical watchdog group Do No Harm told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Approximately 40 medical schools across the country have dropped the MCAT, a multiple choice exam that determines an individual’s ability to problem solve, think critically, and understand concepts about medical study, as a requirement for some applying students, according to a list compiled by Inspira Advantage. Do No Harm alleged that dropping the requirement is another way schools aim to bolster diversity on campus but asserted that it is a “dangerous trend,” according to its analysis.

“The MCAT has been shown to predict who has the best chance to be successful in medical school,” Do No Harm Program Manager Laura Morgan told the DCNF. “Eliminating it removes a proven standard for schools to consider when admitting students who demonstrate the aptitude to be good doctors.”

The MCAT is developed and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), according to its website. The association has pivoted to encouraging a holistic admission model that considers an applicants “experiences and attributes” alongside academic achievement and uses it as a factor on its Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Equity inventory survey sent out to medical schools across the country to weigh their commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices.

“Standardized tests are backed by evidence and can be objectively evaluated. To conduct a ‘holistic review,’ some schools are requiring their admissions committee members to take training on how to evaluate applicants based on experiences and attributes,” Morgan told the DCNF, adding that the AAMC permits race and ethnicity to be used as an admission factor when it aligns with the school’s diversity-based mission and goals. “It’s not adequate because it is subjective, as opposed to standardized tests which are objective metrics.”


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retiredcantbefired | May 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm


Old Navy Doc | May 6, 2023 at 10:24 pm

Stupid, stupid, stupid. Merit Matters. Picking doctors by DEI will make more patients DIE.

What’s next? Ditching licensing exams? Board certification?

This is downright frightening!

    OldProf2 in reply to bev. | May 7, 2023 at 12:41 am

    Licensing exams will be the next to go. Students admitted under “diversity” (meaning racist) criteria will be less likely to pass the licensing exams. Under DEI rules, that means the exams must be racist. So they will have to go!

The MCAT was very good at predicting who would need 4 years and who would need 6 or more. Now to find a plan that covers witch-doctoring.

Now would be a good time to be in law school. A whole market is about to expand: medical malpractice.

bullhubbard | May 8, 2023 at 9:56 am

Just another reason to avoid black doctors younger than 60.

Pepsi_Freak | May 8, 2023 at 11:51 am

Lord knows, we can’t use anything that actually works!

The medical establishment (not “profession”) has gone hopelessly woke. Makes me glad that I have not seen a doctor for any reason since 1992.

For the record, I’m 66.