Wednesday, April 4, 2012
5 p.m. EDT
Ann C. Benner
A new MCAT for tomorrow’s physician
Building a better physician through behavioral and social sciences
|What:||The Case for the New Medical College Admission Test: Why the MCAT must reflect physicians’ current public health challenges. A Perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine.|
|Why:||The authors, Drs. Robert M. Kaplan, NIH; Jason M. Satterfield, University of California, San Francisco; and Raynard S. Kington, Grinnell College, support the new MCAT. They are available to discuss:
|Who:||Half of all premature deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to a few modifiable behaviors such as smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity. Knowledge about behavioral and social sciences is critical to practicing effective medicine, as studies demonstrate the value of cognitive and behavioral interventions in treating mental illness, substance abuse and chronic diseases|
|When/Where:||The New England Journal of Medicine, April 5, 2012.|
|Contact:||For interviews with:
Dr. Robert M. Kaplan, NIH, contact Ann Benner.
Dr. Raynard Kington, Grinnell, contact Jim Reische, (641) 269-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Satterfield, UCSF School of Medicine, contact email@example.com
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) opened officially on July 1, 1995. The U.S. Congress established the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Office of the Director, NIH, in recognition of the key role that behavioral and social factors often play in illness and health. The OBSSR mission is to stimulate behavioral and social sciences research throughout NIH and to integrate these improving our understanding, treatment, and prevention of disease. For more information, please visit http://obssr.od.nih.gov.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.
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