A new study shows that students who had a lesser science background before med school performed on par with classmates who met traditional admission requirements. The experimental group were guaranteed medical school admission if they meet certain requirements, including maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average. They didn't have to take organic chemistry, physics, calculus or the Medical College Admission Test. The article in the AMNews makes it seem like this is a big story. To me, this is not shattering news. I had always thought those classes were there to just to cull the herd. They were so hard that they were able to pick off those students who weren't dedicated or determined enough to make it through. It was a weeding out process, in my opinion, and probably a good thing. The long road to being a doctor needs those who are willing to sacrifice in order to make it there. The debate, as the article discusses, will continue on what truly are the proper prerequisites for medical school. Let's make a list, Placebo Journal style, on what we think they are:
1. The need to be bossed around by less educated administrators
2. The desire to be constantly frustrated by bureaucracy
3. The need to be in constant financial debt
4. Have an affinity to get divorced
Any other ideas?