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The Performance Component

by Kevin Ahern, PhD
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    00:00 The next topic I want to talk about is the one that almost all pre-med students have a pretty good notion of to begin with.

    00:06 And that's what I call the performance component.

    00:09 How have you performed along the way? Well one measure of that performance of course is your grade point.

    00:15 And the grade point average is something that pre-medical students so often obsessed with.

    00:21 They are some of the most common things as, "Oh my god! I going to make an A minus." "Am I not going to make it in a medical school?" "I'll always be too bad for medical school," etc, etc.

    00:31 And grades are important.

    00:33 There's not question that grades are important.

    00:35 But what's more important along the way...

    00:38 I know people get tired hearing this, what's more important along the way is learning.

    00:44 Grade are a measure of your learning.

    00:46 But they are not the absolute measure of your learning.

    00:49 The more you're obsessed with grades, the less will you do of your learning.

    00:53 Now I've seen this happen in so many cases.

    00:57 That's why schools don't use grade point is the only way to measure getting into medical school.

    01:02 If they did, everybody could take the easiest possible major.

    01:06 Get a 4.0 point and they would land up in medical school.

    01:09 But the schools know that.

    01:12 They know that there are grade chasers who see that is the route to medical school and it doesn't work.

    01:18 That's why the schools have the MCAT.

    01:20 The MCAT exame is the grade leveller as it were.

    01:23 And that's because there's no way for a school to compare a student with a 3.8 gpa Biology at Harvard with a student that has a 3.45 in Biochemistry at Oregon State University.

    01:35 The GPA's just don't match up.

    01:37 You can't tell.

    01:38 And so you can't say that a 3.8 is better than a 3.5.

    01:41 because it varies from school to discipline to circumstance.

    01:44 So the MCAT becomes the grade leveller.

    01:47 And the MCAT in a lot of ways is what the schools see as a measure of your learning.

    01:53 And in my experience, your learning will help you to improve on the MCAT.

    01:59 If you want to be obsessed with something, during your schooling that's the thing to be obsessed with.

    02:04 The more you learn, the better you will do on the MCAT.

    02:07 It's not the absolute.

    02:08 The MCAT is not a perfect exam.

    02:09 But the MCAT is a very good measure of what you've learned along the way.

    02:14 And it provides the medical schools a comparative between the disciplines the schools and the experiences that the students bring.

    02:21 So remember in performance that your aim is learning.

    02:25 I'm sure you've heard that.

    02:27 I want to emphasize that point to you.


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    The lecture The Performance Component by Kevin Ahern, PhD is from the course How to Get into Medical School.


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