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Tuesday, August 5 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W82: The Future of the General, Organic, Biochemistry Course Sequence: An Ideas Lab Workshop for Responding to Upcoming MCAT Changes

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Recently, the American Medical Association proposed changes to the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) based on recommendations from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and its own survey research in an effort to revise the MCAT to best assess the knowledge and skills necessary for success in medical school. Pertinent to chemical educators, these recommendations deemphasize a portion of the curricula of the traditional full-year general chemistry and full-year organic chemistry courses, adding more emphasis on biomolecules and biochemistry. The chemical education community has begun to discuss the changes via the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education. However, the discussion in response to these changes is far from finished. The purpose of this workshop will be: (1) to discuss the changes to the MCAT that impact chemistry instruction, and (2) to generate ideas of how chemistry instructors and departments can best prepare premedical students.


Jeffrey R. Raker

University of South Florida


LaKeisha McClary

George Washington University

Tuesday August 5, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
PAD 106
  Concept Issues  Curriculum-Standards