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June 2011

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

Since the AAMC/HHMI report, The Scientific Foundations of Future Physicians, was released a year and a half ago, our advising community has been abuzz with discussion about competencies, assessments, requirements, standardized testing and more.

2. Preparing Scientific Physicians: Undergraduate Biology Education Reform as the Path to the 21st Century Premedical Curriculum

Joelle Presson, PhD
Kaci Thompson, PhD

The proposed reforms in undergraduate premedical curricula and requirements are causing quite a stir, and the response depends somewhat on where you sit.

3. Moving forward on Premedical Education: Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses and Competency-Based Curricula

David Thurlow, PhD

With the explosion of information in science and medicine, undergraduate and medical school curricula are undergoing dramatic transformations.

4. Competency-Based Dental Education

Anne Wells, EdD

ADEA Competencies for the New General Dentist1 was developed under the leadership of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation (ADEA CCI) and in coordination with the ADEA Council of Sections and the dental education community.

5. Public Health Learning Outcomes for All Undergraduates

Donna Peterson, PhD
Christine Plepys, MS

Public health focuses on protecting the health and wellbeing of entire communities, from small towns to large countries to the global population. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended “that all undergraduates should have access to education in public health.”

6. Does your student have what it takes to be a Naturopathic Doctor? ND Pre-Competencies and Competencies

Becky B. Clark, EdD,
Coquina L. Deger, MBA
Patty Bates-Ballard

Undergraduate students in premed programs have many paths from which to choose, one of which is the path of the naturopathic physician.

7. Physician Assistant Competencies

Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C

The Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession were defined in a collaborative effort by the AAPA, the PAEA, the NCCPA, and the ARC-PA and initially distributed to physician assistants as well as other stakeholders in 2006.

8. Toward a Liberal Education in Medicine

Raymond H. Curry, MD
Kathryn Montgomery, PhD

The central thesis of Abraham Flexner’s analyses of North American and European medical education was that the university is essential to the provision of a medical education.

9. Taking Stock of Stock Advice: Avoiding Truisms and Clichés in Advising

Jennifer Whitney, PhD,
Adrian Jones, JD
Adam Myers, PhD

Premedical advisors make lasting impressions on their charges and these can be both positive and negative.

10. Book Review: Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency

Reviewed by Ruth Bingham, PhD

Simply put, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency is a landmark study, as important for health professions advisors as for medical schools and the American Medical Association.

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