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December 4, 2013

Will Changes in the MCAT and USMLE Ensure That Future Physicians Have What It Takes?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dr Cohen is former president of the Association of American Medical Colleges
JAMA. 2013;310(21):2253-2254. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283389

Not so long ago, few questioned how the medical profession selected its aspirants, educated its students, trained its residents, credentialed its independent practitioners, and monitored their performance throughout their professional lifetimes. It was taken for granted that the various licensing and accrediting bodies, as stewards of the profession, knew what they were doing—an assumption seemingly warranted because the enterprise appeared to be functioning quite well. After all, everyone believed that the United States had the “best medical care in the world.”