Medical Schools Making Exception for Hard Science Requirements

Math, organic chemistry, anatomy and physics may be the mainstays of medicine, but that’s not all it takes to become a doctor. In fact, some of the nation’s top medical universities are now admitting a small number of students each year who have not taken any of the required science and math courses—even the dreaded Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Medical schools, like the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, are accepting students through their Humanities and Medical Program. Sophomores and juniors in college who would like to get into the program must major in humanities or social science instead of a hard science, and would be admitted to the program based on their SAT scores, two personal essays, interviews, and high school and early college grades. Once they're in, they are required to only take basic biology and chemistry classes. The program grants admission to 35 undergraduates who have maintained a 3.5 GPA. For years, doctors have had the science and function behind the human body drilled into their heads, but they lacked a deeper understanding of their patients’ needs, which can’t be learned through the annals of chemistry or biology. It’s true: science can save lives but it’s not enough reason to make you want to live. [via The New York Times] Photo via nobelprize.org