An editorial in this week’s Science describes the report of a committee of medical school and undergraduate faculty convened by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the the Association of American Medical Colleges concerning the undergraduate coursework preparation of medical students. I was struck by this particular conclusion:
Medical school faculty have a short time in which to convey an in-depth understanding of specific medical knowledge and recent research. Students should arrive at medical school prepared in the sciences, including some areas not currently required, such as statistics and biochemistry. If all beginning medical students understand general biochemistry, for example, then faculty can build on this knowledge, creating more opportunities to explore the synergistic relationships among biomedical science, research, and clinical medicine. Medical schools should also increase their emphasis on the importance of the physical sciences and mathematics in biomedical research and clinical practice.
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