To celebrate the release of the last chapter of the Hunger Games movie trilogy, coming to theaters on November 20th, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has recently decided to accept a proposal to change the medical school admissions process to a more Hunger Games-styled selection process.
AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, heading the initiative, is a self-proclaimed “huge fan of the books and movies.” She stated that she “felt there needed to be a more modern and exciting way to apply for medical school.”
The selection process will, in addition to considering the Grade Point Average, test scores, and extracurricular experiences of each student, pay more attention to how well they fare in a fight to the death.
Each potential medical student will be pitted against other applicants with nothing but their bare hands and an assorted mixture of scalpels, catheters, rubber hammers and forceps piled between them and their starting points.
In order to serve the AAMC’s vision of increasing diversity among healthcare providers in the U.S., all applicants identifying as a racial/ethnic group under the umbrella of ‘Underrepresented in Medicine’ will be able to start the Games with a weapon of their choosing, ranging from defibrillators to endoscopes.
The President and CEO of AAMC, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., in an interview, exclaimed, “I loved the idea as soon as it was brought to the table.”
“I think it really embodies the bloodthirsty and competitive nature needed for pre-medical students these days. I mean, there are a lot of skills we can assess in the new format: critical thinking, ability to act quickly under pressure, capability to watch the light in the eyes of another human slowly disappearing under one’s blade. It’s just great!”
The new system is to officially begin on opening day of the movie. All students already not officially accepted by a medical school will compete/apply in the new system.
As a final remark, Dr. Bonham wished the candidates the best of luck, saying “May the odds be ever in their favor.”