MR5 has nothing to do with James Bond.

At a session for Emory premeds, Dean Neumeyer, the Dean of Medical School Admissions at Tufts brought up a slide with MR5 and reassured the 19-21 year olds in the room that this had nothing to do with James Bond. My staff and I were most appreciative of this joke of course, having seen all the James Bond movies at least once, some of us have even read the Alistair Maclean books and get the allusion to MI6.  But the MR5 is a committee of the AAMC ( and they are trying to come up with alternate measures to evaluate students for admissions into medical school.

He talked about the MR5 Innovation lab’s suggestions to AAMC that applicants be gauged on other measures that are hard to quantify.  Things like integrity, dependability, respect, altruism, empathy, and other personal characteristics.  Here is the impressive list of updated competencies that Dean Neumeyer put up,

  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Service Orientation
  • Social, Interpersonal and Teamwork skills
  • Desire to Learn
  • Resilience and Adaptability

Whether MR5’s Innovation lab comes up with measurements or not, it would be good for premeds to be thinking about how to exemplify these traits.  For the rest of us who will be at the mercy of these future doctors, its all good news.  Who would not want their doctor to have this impressive list of competencies?  Even James (Bond) would have appreciated these qualities in his docs.

Of course, organic chemistry grades will still be important, and Dean Neumeyer got a bigger applause from the crowd when he reassured them by revealing his organic chemistry grade.  Clearly, that did not stand in the way of his admission to medical school.



About Preetha Ram

I am an educator (Dean for PreHealth and Science Education at Emory), social entrepreneur (Cofounder of OpenStudy, a global study group to connect learners) and visionary (let's build a classroom for the world to study together). A chemist by training (Yale), I like to solve problems by building bridges at the edges and interstices of disciplinary boundaries.

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