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Doblin B; Korenman, S
Academic Medicine: August 1992
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The authors examined the role of natural sciences in entering students' academic preparation for admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine by analyzing the college transcripts of 290 students in the classes of 1990 and 1995 to determine the breadth of the students' college course work. In addition, during 1990 the authors surveyed 126 full-time basic science and clinical faculty about their views regarding the optimal requirements for admission. The vast majority of the students' college courses had been in the natural sciences, with no significant change in this finding over the five-year period. Of the faculty surveyed, 97 (77%) responded, stating that the majority of prerequisites should be in the natural sciences; their prerequisites were similar to UCLA's 199192 admission requirements. The authors suggest that the persistently narrow focus on the natural sciences as a preparation for medical school may explain the nationwide need to instruct medical students in the humanities, and that perhaps it is time to require non-science courses to broaden the educational backgrounds of entering students.

Created Date: 17 September 1992; Completed Date: 17 September 1992; Revised Date: 01 November 2002

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