I was just wondering if there are medical schools in the US that accept students with BA’s? Or that do not require the MCAT? If so, what are your thoughts on this?
I read that Mt. Sinai in NY has a new program in which they are assessing non science background medical students.
It is a relatively new phenomenon in Canada but we now have a couple of schools that accept students from any academic discipline such as music, history, women’s studies etc
Quotes from McLean’s magazine:
Saleem Razack, assistant dean of admissions at McGill, says these policy changes are needed â€œso that the excellence that students with diverse life experiences can bring to the medical profession can be assessed and valued.â€
The key is finding the right balance, says Miki Rifkin, who oversees the humanities and medicine program at Mount Sinai. While her students are exempt from most science prerequisites, they still have to take introductory chemistry and biology, and have an otherwise exemplary academic record. The goal is to encourage students who might otherwise be deterred at the prospect of the MCAT to pursue medicine. â€œWe want to make a difference for students passionate about some non-science area,â€ she said.
â€œThe older way of thinking is that doctors should be scholars and scientists first,â€ says Terry Wuerz, who earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007. â€œI think itâ€™s great that med schools are starting to recognize the different roles doctors play.â€
The University of British Columbia is undergoing a curriculum review that could see a revamping of at least one first-year medicine course so that it no longer presumes an extensive science background. According to Joseph Finkler, associate dean of admissions for medicine, that could open the door to revising the selection process. â€œIt is possible that we will end up with multiple admissions streams, including one without the prerequisites and MCAT,â€ he said. Lewis Tomalty, Queenâ€™s Universityâ€™s vice-dean, medical education, says that while some science is â€œnecessary,â€ encouraging students with a range of academic backgrounds to apply is beneficial to the classroom. â€œWeâ€™re looking at how extensive [science prerequisites] have to be and are certainly looking to change the actual admissions requirements,â€ he said. Similarly, the UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al has put a committee in place to review whether its list of science requirements creates an unnecessary barrier to pursuing a career in medicine.