Starting this April, pre-med students have begun taking a new MCAT, a test which hasn’t been seriously revised since 1991. The new revisions include a greater focus on genetics, biochemistry, and medical research, and the critical analysis and reasoning section will place special emphasis on ethics and cultural studies. There is also an entirely new section of the test which focuses on psychology and sociology.
This shift in the MCAT represents a similar shift that’s been happening all throughout the medical profession. More and more, doctors and hospitals are starting to realize that good preventative care doesn’t just mean checking for early warning signs and genetic markers, it means caring for a patient’s mental health and wellbeing. It means understanding how a patient’s social background and living conditions affect his or her chances to contract any number of diseases. A GP or even a specialist may be called upon to act not only as a medical consultant, but also as a psychologist or a life coach.
Unfortunately, all this time spent caring for each patient has to come from somewhere, and most hospital and clinic staff are overworked as it is. While I’m sure most physicians would love to provide the sort of care and face time that really makes a difference in someone’s life, it’s hard to spare that kind of time when you have reports to write, tests to run, phone calls to take, and a hundred other patients to see. As things stand, a lot of doctors are having trouble finding time for their personal lives, and highly stressed doctors are bad news for everyone involved.
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The new MCAT shows that the medical community is starting to realize the importance of the mind and the patient’s living conditions in regards to his or her physical health. Perhaps it’s time for your workplace to update its outlook as well?