Assessing Statistics and Research Methodology in the MCAT Exam

Medical educators have long recognized the importance of statistical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills for practicing physicians. In recent years, multiple blue-ribbon panels, advisory committees, and other important stakeholder groups charged with improving medical education have confirmed that these skills are important for 21st-century physicians working in a health care system that is becoming increasingly complex. To encourage future physicians to master these skills, these groups have called for a greater emphasis on teaching statistical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills during medical training.

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