database. It may be noted that the ad hoc survey conducted by the committee for this study reflects some of its thinking about the minimum contents of a curriculum database.

Conclusion 1. Existing national databases provide inadequate information on behavioral and social science content, teaching techniques, and assessment methodologies. This lack of data impedes the ability to reach conclusions about the current state and adequacy of behavioral and social science instruction in U.S. medical schools.

Recommendation 1: Develop and maintain a database. The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research should contract with the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop and maintain a database on behavioral and social science curricular content, teaching techniques, and assessment methodologies in U.S. medical schools. This database should be updated on a regular basis.



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