Academic Medicine - Medical School Admissions and the MCAT: A Modest Proposal

David Muller, MD, Dean and Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai proposes changing how MCAT scores are reported.

 – May 14, 2013  –– 

The fatal flaws of the MCAT are for the most part not inherent to the exam but rather the way it has come to be used. It was never intended to dictate the scope and depth of an undergraduate education; it was never intended to be used as a global measure of academic excellence or suitability for medical school; it was never intended to be used as a marker of excellence that determines national medical school rankings; and it was never intended to disadvantage certain groups of students by spawning an industry of preparatory courses that require enormous investments of time and money that many can ill afford. Changing the way MCAT scores are reported will begin to undo most of the harm, while preserving the benefits. Learn more.