Competition Winners to Create Free MCAT2015 Resources for Khan Academy Collection

    • July 9, 2014

Thirty-three individuals from across the nation have been selected as winners of a competition to create free online resources to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) that will be administered in 2015. The contest was launched in partnership with the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), Khan Academy, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in an effort to open new pathways to medical education. Entries were submitted by recent college graduates; medical, dental, and Ph.D. students; researchers; health care professionals; and faculty.

The winners—representing more than a dozen AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide—will receive hands-on training with Khan Academy leaders to create new videos, questions, and articles for Khan Academy’s MCAT collection. The collection provides free resources for undergraduate and pre-med students interested in pursuing health professions.

Since the first competition was launched last year, content creators have developed more than 500 videos and hundreds of practice questions, with new content added each week. Videos in the MCAT collection already have been viewed more than 2 million times, with more than 1 million practice problems solved.

More information on the winners:

http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/pioneering-ideas/2014/07/meet_the_mcat_compet.html

https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/91258902620/meet-the-mcat-competition-winners

 

About the Association of American Medical Colleges

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.

About the Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy provides free online educational materials (e.g., instructional videos, assessment exercises, dashboard analytics, teacher tools) that support self-paced, mastery-based education for users of all ages in a scalable way. The organization reaches over 10 million learners each month, and has delivered over 440 million lessons, and generated over 2 billion exercise problems. Khan Academy covers subjects from basic math to college level biology and art history.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

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