"Higher Education: A Liberal Approach to Med School"
A profile on FlexMed, a first-of-its-kind program, allows top students to apply to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as first-semester sophomores.
Accepted students do not have to complete pre-med requirements or the MCAT admission test. Last year, the highly competitive program received 1,000 applications and accepted just 50 students. The program can draw students who “are brilliant minds who have not thought of applying their major to healthcare,” said David Muller, MD, dean for medical education for the School. “What we want to encourage is a continued love of learning and intellectual curiosity.” “We have to be open to innovative ways to bring people into our profession,” said Valerie Parkas, MD, senior associate dean of admissions for the School. Stephen Berns, MD, now a palliative care surgeon, went through the FlexMed program. “At first I didn’t believe it was true,” said Eesha Dave, a second-year medical student, of learning about the program. “I was ecstatic that this option existed.” Read more.