Soon doctors will know sociology!

This is exciting: According to this article starting in 2015 would-be doctors taking the MCATs will have to take sections that include sociology and psychology.  Why? Because it has finally occurred to someone that part of treating a patient is understanding their social context.  There are many examples of this, ranging from understanding why certain cultural-religious groups consider cancer to be an embarrassing illness and conceal it to listening to how trends change among teenagers.

I applaud those who write the MCAT for deciding to include this section.  Patients are not units in a vacuum, their context is truly important for continued health.

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