Med school without the MCAT
Is it possible? Students can skip pre-med courses, ditch the MCAT, and still become great doctors? That’s what Mount Sinai medical school in New York believes.
Every year, the Mount Sinai accepts about 35 undergrads-sophomores or juniors in college- who are studying the humanities and promises them a spot at the medical school.
The New York Times ran a nice article about the program yesterday. It mentions a new study that compared 85 humanities students at Mount Sinai with 606 traditional med students at the school and found that their academic performance was pretty much equal.
I was particularly interested in this article because my friend Anna was accepted to Mount Sinai through this program. She could have easily been a radio star- she interned with Jay Allison and worked for StoryCorps. But there was something appealing to her about the concreteness of being a doctor. She’s one of the best listeners I know- an important and sometimes lacking skill among physicians.
According to the Nytimes, Jonathan Safran Foer was also accepted into the Mount Sinai humanites program. He decided to go to be one of my favorite authors instead of finishing the program. But perhaps the world does need more physicians who are skilled in the turn of a phrase or the art of the interview in addition to a background in medicine.