Brooke (Saltzer) Bergen
Washington, D.C.—Fifteen individuals from across the nation—including recent college graduates, medical students, graduate students, nurses, practicing physicians, and PhDs—have been selected as winners of a video competition that will provide free, online resources to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) that will be administered in 2015. The contest was sponsored by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), Khan Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Nearly 70 submissions were received, representing 22 states—as well as the District of Columbia and the Caribbean—and several AAMC-member institutions. The 15 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid weeklong training program facilitated by Khan Academy staff and scholars to create educational tutorials (i.e., collections of videos, questions, and articles) about concepts that will be tested by the new MCAT2015 exam. Trainees will go on to produce a new collection of tutorials to help undergraduate and pre-med students prepare for health care professions. The first tutorials for the new collection are expected to be available in the fall of 2013 through Khan Academy’s online learning library, as well as the Pre-health Collection of the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL® iCollaborative, a free, searchable online repository of instructional materials for teaching pre-health curricula.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook
The Association of American Medical Colleges 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, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. In addition to administering the MCAT exam, the AAMC offers free and low-cost test preparation materials (available in print and online) to help students familiarize themselves with the exam and practice with sample questions.
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. In the last two years, the organization has reached over 75 million learners, delivered over 240 million lessons, and generated 1 billion exercise problems. Khan Academy covers subjects from basic math to college level biology and art history.