Check out this article explaining the new thinking on getting into medical school. The MCAT is changing, medical school itself is changing and now who they are picking for medical school is changing. At Mount Sinai, a “growing percentage came through a humanities-oriented program” where “they majored in things like English or history or medieval studies. And though they got good grades, too, they didn’t take the MCAT, because Mount Sinai guaranteed them admission after their sophomore year of college.”
This is interesting. No MCAT. No hardcore science majors. What is going on here? I am all for doctors having better personalities. I guess the feeling is that the pool we draw from is the reason for stiff, uncaring, robotic physicians. But isn’t that an assumption? How do we know it’s NOT the system itself that beats doctors up, which causes them to be burned out and lifeless?
I am always suspicious of major changes in the pipeline of becoming a doctor. There is a great trick I have seen in the past that is used over and over again. It’s one where the powers that be create new solutions to issues that didn’t exist in order to cover up real problems. I get the that sense here. Why? Well, read this paragraph from the piece:
Studies have shown that the students in Mt. Sinai’s Humanities in Medicine program are just as successful in medical school as the students who take more science classes in college. And they are slightly more likely to choose primary care or psychiatry as a specialty — both areas of high need.
Do you see it? Somehow they think that taking non science majors will create more family docs and psychiatrists! So of instead of fixing the pay for these careers (the ONLY answer,) they are trying to go back in time and see if picking the right students will help. It won’t. Instead those students who majored in hotel management, anthropology and literature will still pick the highest paying specialties and eventually be as grumpy, bitter and as cynical as the doctors of today. And you still won’t have enough family doctors or psychiatrists. You can count on it.