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Medical News & Perspectives
August 19, 2009

Groups Promote “Key Competencies” in Training for Premed and Medical Students

JAMA. 2009;302(7):729. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1141

Undergraduate premedical programs and medical schools should revamp their curricula to emphasize a set of “key competencies” that will help individuals become good physicians, according to a report issued by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

The report, written by a committee of 22 scientists, physicians, and educators, outlines principles to help guide school administrators in implementing the approach (http://services.aamc.org/publications/showfile.cfm?file=version132.pdf&prd_id=262&prv_id=321&pdf_id=132). It also recommends several competencies that premedical and medical students should master to acquire quantitative skills and the ability to apply knowledge of such areas as biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and systems biology to medicine.