ERIC Number: EJ1094653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
"It's on the MCAT for a Reason": Premedical Students and the Perceived Utility of Sociology
Olsen, Lauren D.
Teaching Sociology, v44 n2 p72-83 Apr 2016
Biomedical socialization and premed culture have been shown to promote reductionist and depersonalized approaches to understanding human difference, a serious problem in contemporary health care. In 2015, the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) launched a new version of its Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) that included material from sociology, providing sociology departments an unprecedented opportunity to instruct premed students on contextualizing human difference and being sensitive to the diverse trajectories of people in the health care system. This article describes a large, public research institution's introductory sociology course for premeds and draws on the students' reflective writing to show how premeds valued the complexity, critical perspective, open-minded capacity, and conceptual approaches that sociology had to offer. In applying the sociological material to their experiences or impressions of the medical field, premed students felt that sociological instruction would help them become a more socially minded and critically engaged doctor.
Descriptors: Premedical Students, Sociology, Medical Schools, College Entrance Examinations, Introductory Courses, Reflection, Writing (Composition), Student Attitudes, Research Universities, Student Journals, Socialization, Culture, Biomedicine
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Medical College Admission Test