did you hear about this doc cranquis?
Hmm. On the one hand: the redesigned MCAT (coming in 2015) will have ”less emphasis on organic chemistry and physics” — ADUHHHH! Totally in favor of. Big Thumbs Up.
On another hand:
Saffarini added that he thought the increased amount of material covered on the MCAT would make it more difficult for non-science concentrators to fulfill their pre-med requirements. “Having that many more prereqs is not going to encourage students to go into medicine from the humanities,” he said.
Sooooo… basically, decreased chances for non-science-nerd types, like myself, to get into medical school, even though one of the most critically-lacking factors among current physicians (and US healthcare in general) is the ability to think outside of the realm of science when addressing the system-wide problems in healthcare.
We need doctors who can write awesome stories about what it’s like being a doctor. We need doctors who can create better software and websites. We need doctors who can tackle the accounting crap-hole that is “US health insurance companies” and the upcoming Medicaid/Medicare changes. We need doctors who can give impassioned public presentations on current and future issues in medicine, in language that can be understood by the masses (and the politicians). We need doctors who can tell jokes, improvise solutions, and sing “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” to a scared child while suturing a facial laceration.
Medicine needs MORE humanities — because humanity needs better medicine.
(Thanks for the link, aimeealistair!)