New York Times - "The Changing Face of Medical School Admissions"
Two perspective pieces in The New England Journal of Medicine reveal that medical school admissions policies have been quietly but radically changing in a handful of medical schools. Starting in 1987, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai began offering an "early assurance" program to a select few college sophomores. These students did not have to take the MCATs and were guaranteed a slot in the medical school if they continued to study humanities or social sciences and maintained a 3.5 grade point average, instead of pursuing the traditional premedical science program. Two years ago, the school published a study detailing the results of the program – students performed as well as their more traditional counterparts. Based on the successful outcomes, the school now plans to expand the program. Beginning this fall, they will invite college sophomores from all majors to apply and will reserve half the slots of each medical school class for these non-traditional premedical students. "It's time for us to take some risks," said Dr. David Muller, author of one of The New England Journal of Medicine articles and dean for medical education at Mount Sinai. "We need to push the limits on what we've been complacent about for too long." Learn more