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Application of the Introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology Assessment to Health Professional Students Medical Science Educator Prunuske, A., Hunter, C. & Nemeth, K. Med.Sci.Educ. (2014) 24: 263. doi:10.1007/s40670-014-0046-x




Educators have predominantly used concept inventories to monitor undergraduate students’ learning, but there is opportunity for the application of these inventories to health professional students. We administered the Introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology Assessment (IMCA) to incoming medical and pharmacy students to test their understanding of important biology competencies. Health professional students held naïve preconceptions on topics related to thermodynamics and chromosome dynamics during cell division. There was no relationship between performance on the assessment and number of math and science courses completed prior to enrolling in professional school. The students’ score on the IMCA correlated positively with scores from either the MCAT or the PCAT. In addition, female students with comparable undergraduate GPAs to the male students tended to perform less well on the concept inventory. There was a positive relationship between performance on the IMCA and performance in first semester professional school courses. Health professional educators should consider using concept inventories to help tailor and assess instruction of health professional students.

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Prunuske, A, Hunter, C, and Nemeth, K


Amy Jeanette Prunuske PhD Associate Professor in the Medical School Regional Campuses department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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