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Medical Schools Screen Applicants for Charm Factor

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“People who need people…are the luckiest people
in the wo[[wysiwyg_imageupload:91:]]rld,” crooned Barbra Streisand.  The new tune for medical schools may be “people who are good with people” are likely to be future doctors.

In a startling departure from strictly academic criteria, at least eight medical schools in the U.S. (including Stanford University and UCLA) and 13 Canadian schools are screening prospective students for people skills.  Through a process called Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), candidates undergo a series of short interviews (think speed dating) to see how well they can work as a team and think on their feet. Read full post »