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Creating Scientifically Literate Physicians

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The report "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians" lays out a series of scientific competencies that students must master prior to attending medical school and medical students must understand upon completion of their MD.

New knowledge is rapidly altering the basic sciences that are fundamental to the practice of medicine. To address this concern, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute convened a group of scientists, physicians, and science educators to identify the essential scientific background physicians in the 21st century will need. The resulting report, Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, lays out a series of scientific competencies that students must master prior to attending medical school and medical students must understand upon completion of their M.D.. By focusing on scientific competencies rather than particular classes, the committee hopes to provide flexibility that will encourage undergraduate institutions and medical schools to develop more interdisciplinary and integrative science courses to achieve these outcomes.

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