AAMC Store

Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians (PDF)

Year Published: 2011
In stock
Quick Download (will not put the PDF into your My Downloadable Products folder)
Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians (PDF)

This report presents a strong case for how perspectives and findings from the behavioral sciences prepare medical school graduates with the conceptual framework to address complex social challenges. Through a grounding in behavioral and social science, graduates are better prepared for comprehensive, patient-centered practices that address health and health care disparities.

Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians (PDF)
Year Published: 2011
Add to Wish List
Add to Wish List


Designed for medical educators, clinicians, and students interested in behavioral and social science foundations that support clinical work. 



This report is designed to open a dialogue with medical educators, clinicians, and students about the nature of clinical work and the foundations in the sciences and methods of behavior and social science that support aspects of that work.

A learning outcomes template gives medical schools an outline to incorporate the concepts of the behavioral and science sciences in their curricula; the teaching methods section provides the means for incorporation. It includes:

  • An outcome-based model of competence development.
  • The CanMEDS and ACGME Core Competencies to illustrate that the “time based” model of learning is no longer adequate.

Contemporary insights into how best to prepare medical students to practice fully informed medicine. 


To download this publication as a PDF, either click the download link above or click “add to cart” and complete the checkout process to obtain the download link. 

This product is not presently available in alternative formats.



This publication was developed by the AAMC to advance medical education. It is provided to the medical community at no cost for that purpose.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for information about our policies and processes. 

The AAMC respects your privacy. Please review our privacy statement, which governs our use of any information you provide to us.


If you have questions about the AAMC Store or your purchase, please contact the AAMC Store. Representatives typically respond within two business days.

More Information
Number of Pages: 44 Year Published: 2011