- Eliminating the writing section, which medical schools tend not to consider closely
- Adding a behavioral and social sciences section to reflect “the evolving nature of medicine”
- Increasing the length of the test (5.5 hours) by 90 minutes
- Changing the current verbal section to “Critical Analysis and Reading Skills”
The chair of the committee that drafted the plan explains the recommendation for a social sciences section:
It’s very clear that in this country a large proportion of illness is related to behavior and social and cultural problems. So we want to encourage the applicant to medical school to be thinking about those and reading about those early … you do need a solid foundation in the sciences, but you need more than that. You need to think critically and reason, and understand the differences in our society and the patients you see as a physician. We need people who are critical thinkers and people who have sensitivity and understanding of different cultures.