Mt. Sinai is revolutionizing medical school education: an increasing proportion of their entering medical school class hasn't taken the MCAT, the standardized entrance exam, nor classic "weed out" classes like organic chemistry. And yet, not only do they survive medical school, they thrive. Medicine may need more humanists - students the capacity to learn the necessary hard science, but with perspectives that go beyond the laboratory. Mt. Sinai is leading the United States with this progressive program, but I bet that soon other universities will begin to copy its model. The fundamentals of medical education haven't changed since the 1910s ... some changes are well overdue!
The usual pre-med sciences — including several semesters of chemistry, physics, and calculus — date from the early 1900s, when an educator named Abraham Flexner revolutionized medical school by turning it into a truly scientific endeavor. But those core science courses haven't changed much since Flexner, Muller says, while science has. "The science for 1910 is only nominally relevant today; yet that's the filter through which everyone has to come," he says.