Post from Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, Khan Academy Medical Partnerships Lead
About two months ago we launched two competitions to find talented individuals that could help us by making videos, creating questions, or writing articles for the 2015 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The 2015 MCAT is different from the previous MCAT exam because it will include new content in areas like psychology and sociology. To help students get ready for this new exam, Khan Academy has partnered up with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and so far we have put together a collection of 500 videos and 600 practice MCAT questions.
The competitions were a tremendous success and we found 12 video competition winners and 20 question and article writing competition winners. We asked all of them why they decided to participate in the competition. Meet our winners and see what they had to say:
MCAT Video competition winners:
Columbia University Medical Center
Khan Academy has always been an invaluable resource for me. It enriched my undergraduate experience, aided me in preparing for the MCAT, and helped me tremendously in my educational work as a high school teacher.
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Between kindergarten and med school, I’ve always gravitated towards teachers who really engaged me. I hope to share my love of learning & teaching to future pre-meds and medical students.
I am honored to be contributing to the education of students around the world with Khan Academy.
Match Corps: Chicago/University of Rochester
Education is key to humanity’s progress and prosperity, and teaching is my passion. I am privileged to champion Khan Academy’s mission to provide open-access education to all who seek it.
University of Texas, Austin
Khan Academy has always struck me as a better, more modern way to educate people of all ages and backgrounds. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to it myself.
Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington
Online education can be a great equalizer. I have always been an educator and am excited to help change the world in a new way.
Melbourne Medical School
I was very well-supported by Khan Academy’s content on my journey to medical school, so I’m excited to now contribute in any way that I can.
University of California, San Francisco
I’m excited to get the chance to give back through the MCAT video competition!
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
I thrive on pushing the limits. Education is a great equalizer and Khan Academy has leveled the playing field. I am very excited about the possibilities ahead.
University of Minnesota
I’m really excited to help my fellow aspiring physicians (and dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, etc.) by sharing the skills that I picked up as an undergraduate and beyond.
MCAT Question/article competition winners:
Stanford University School of Medicine
For the past six years, I have taught chemistry and physics to low-income students in South Central Los Angeles. I’m writing free MCAT resources so that students like these can have an equal chance at medical school.
College of the Redwoods
This competition is my chance to give back to such a diverse and wonderful learning community.
I want to give back to collaborative efforts like Khan Academy that make information and learning resources freely available to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
I applied for this competition because I’ve always loved medicine and education, and I wanted to help Khan Academy integrate the two.
I am firm believer that high quality education should be available to everyone. This is a great opportunity to provide resources to anyone that wants to go medical school.
NSHM College of Pharmaceutical Technology
I wanted to join this initiative because I believe that by offering equal education to an unequal world, we can help to remove barriers to success.
University of Maryland, College Park
I applied to this competition because I want everyone to be able to pursue their dream of being a physician, and that begins with making high quality MCAT content available for free.
University of Michigan
This competition was an opportunity to use my expertise to contribute to the Khan Academy mission.
I applied because I have always been interested in the sociology of health issues, and I’m interested in optimizing online education.
I have always loved learning and am excited for the opportunity to share what I know. I hope to make psychology topics relevant and interesting for those who may enjoy learning as much as I do, but may not have access to the same resources or materials.
Columbia University Medical Center
Having had the privilege of a quality education and excellent teachers throughout my medical career, I believe that any person driven to learn should have unfettered access to expert instruction.
Emory University School of Medicine
Khan Academy has saved my (academic) life more times than I can count. The opportunity to return the favor in some modest way, is one that I simply could not miss.
Orlando Regional Medical Center
I have always been interested in academics, and I wanted to help to provide free high quality education to those who desire to learn.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
We learn in college and medical school that the best notes are written by students for fellow students. It’s time to give back.
Columbia University Medical Center
Barriers to education can often stall dreams, so that’s why I revere the idea of free basic science education and test prep. I am humbled to join this community of learners and educators.
I decided to take part in the competition because I am interested in education; particularly non-traditional and non-standard approaches. The MCAT competition was a chance for me to try myself at this new approach.
University of Chicago
I am always seeking new and more impactful ways to contribute back to underrepresented and underserved communities. This competition was the perfect way to give back as I am truly passionate about by using my experience to promote equalizing access to resources..
Edboost Education Corporation
The opportunity to level the playing field for students, especially low-income high school students interested in pursuing medical education is what motivates me.
Winners of both MCAT competitions:
University of Toledo College of Medicine
I have developed a deep passion for education since becoming a tutor at my school, where we have actually started our own initiative of online videos to supplement our lecture material. I am eager to contribute to something larger than myself.
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
I am fortunate to have had access to great teachers throughout my career as an undergraduate and medical student. I hope to extend the influence teachers have had on me to others around the world.