“Yes, we’ve fallen in love with technology, and patients are crying out, saying, ‘Sit down and listen to me,’ ” said Dr. Charles Hatem, a professor at
and an expert in medical education. Harvard Medical School
While I’m the first one to support a patient-centric approach to health care, why would the AAMC prepare their medical students for a health care world that will not exist? Are we not pretending and misleading our future physicians with such a pre-requisite for medical school admission?
The AAMC’s has a responsibility to prepare their students for the realities of today’s physician. Developing selection criteria for medical school based on social and humanitarian coursework without addressing the reality of today’s increasingly computer-screen-focused medical practice is whistling in the dark. As it is developing today, they would be more effective by preparing their students with typing lessons and pre-selecting them for unflagging conformity and rule-following skills.
In my experience, most medical students and fellows today have no idea of the looming threat that exists to practicing medicine in the way they imagine it. If the AAMC is truly concerned about patient-centric medicine, they would promote student activism to participate in policy changes that insist on more patient contact. But as it stands now, the idea that the inclusion of these social science pre-requisites to the MCAT is like dancing while