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Mount Sinai Humanities in Medicine

phonyreal98phonyreal98 Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
edited July 2013 in Pre-Med Topics
What do you guys know about this program? I was looking at it online and was wondering if anybody here has done it or knows someone who did it, and how the experience was, what it takes to get in etc.
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  • norcalguynorcalguy Posts: 7,541Registered User Senior Member
  • shades_childrenshades_children Posts: 2,206Registered User Senior Member
    I go to Sinai, and I live with two HuMeds. :)

    What is it exactly that you want to know? If you could focus your questions, I'd be better able to answer them.

    norcalguy:

    The HuMed program is pretty small. Not a lot of people get interviewed, but I get the sense that not too many people apply - the ratio of interviewed to not-interviewed is nowhere near the one for regular applications to MD. The program has become more popular recently, so MSSM can afford to be more choosy.

    I also get the sense that they favor Ivy League students, but that is, of course, my opinion. I know that at least one of my roommates also shares that perception with me.
  • phonyreal98phonyreal98 Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
    Shades...by ratio of interviewed, do you mean that the ratio for the Humed program is greater or less than regular applications to medical schools.

    Are there any schools in particular that the program likes (not that it really matters much at this point...)?

    Also, how intense is the summer program?
  • norcalguynorcalguy Posts: 7,541Registered User Senior Member
    "I applied in my sophomore year at Penn (admittedly just to get into med school early...perhaps that reflected somehow) with 3.9 GPA and 1550 SATs and, from what I was told, great LORs and essays. Nevertheless, I was soundly rejected"

    This kinda scares me lol

    Anyway, MSSM is a great school. I'm making a trip to NYC on Valentine's Day just to interview there.
  • madamebovarymadamebovary Posts: 1,640Registered User Senior Member
    *** that is just messed up
    but from what i read, it could be that you have to be more of a humanities major to get in?
  • shades_childrenshades_children Posts: 2,206Registered User Senior Member
    phonyreal98:

    Sorry for being incoherent. My laptop fried itself two nights ago, and I'm still lamenting my misfortune.

    I get the sense that there are fewer applicants for each available spot in the HuMed program than there are applicants for each available spot during regular MD admission. So, for example, there might be 10 HuMed applicants for every one spot while there might be 30 regular MD applicants for every one spot. Did that make sense?
    Are there any schools in particular that the program likes (not that it really matters much at this point...)?

    I get the feeling that they really like Ivy League. My roommate took two years off, and the year she was accepted to the HuMed program, she was one of 25 or so students. Only three were Ivy League. Among last year's 25 or so accepted HuMeds, I heard there were 22. Of course, "favoring Icy League students" is not official policy, but that certainly seems to be the result.
    Also, how intense is the summer program?

    It's science classes, basically, so level of intensity probably depends on your aptitude for science. I've never heard of anyone "failing" out of the HuMed program. Also, right before you matriculate, there's another summer program for HuMeds that basically covers half of Gross Anatomy, a third of molecular biology, and maybe a fifth of Physiology. So you'll definitely be prepared first year.

    The in-joke at Sinai is that HuMeds are the dumb ones, the ones who don't deserve to be in medical school, but frankly, they catch up fast. I'd say any disparities are eliminated within the first semester. On average, HuMeds score higher on Step 1 than people who were admitted through regular MD admissions.

    norcalguy:
    This kinda scares me lol

    Great numbers are great, but what's the rest of the story? The HuMed program is looking at just about everything else. That person might have screwed up the interview.
    Anyway, MSSM is a great school. I'm making a trip to NYC on Valentine's Day just to interview there.

    Oh, you're interviewing here? Congrats!

    madamebovary:

    You absolutely must be a humanities major to get in. No chemistry, bio, physics majors allowed - if you are a science major, when you get in you've got to change majors or you'll be kicked out. (Otherwise, it wouldn't be called "Humanities in Medicine.")
  • etoilearbreetoilearbre Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    hello, I am interested in visiting Mt. Sinai to figure out some more about the school, hospital, and possibly get a chance to talk with a student in the program. are there any info sessions that I may be able to attend in the near future?
  • chesterstreetchesterstreet Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    Bumping this thread--- anybody applied recently? Or anybody has any more info? How many applied these past years?
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Posts: 2,348Registered User Senior Member
    Better info on that will be available on their webpage or the student doctor network thread.
  • chesterstreetchesterstreet Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks!
    But I've read all that. I can't believe almost 700 applied last year. It's going to be a 5% acceptance rate like most medical schools now :S
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Posts: 2,348Registered User Senior Member
    It's a popular program among non-trads. There is no "easy" path into medical school, so the low acceptance rate should be expected ;).
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 21,376Registered User Senior Member
    No doubt it is extremely competitive. But many of those students who apply are in fact obvious science majors (including years of research in HS), which is NOT what Mt. Sinai is seeking for this program, and those end up practically on the auto-reject list.
  • axcaxc Posts: 176Registered User Junior Member
    I'm really interested in this program, but it seems that they want a humanities major to the extreme. What i mean is, every med school applicant has chem/bio/phys/orgo/maybe other upper-level courses to get through, and this program sort of seems to want you to delay taking these while you apply. it gives me the impression that they want you to put all your eggs in one basket. im a humanities major for sure, but i took chem freshman year and will take bio/phys sophomore year while i apply, just because i refuse, i feel understandably, to postpone these courses on the incredibly small chance i get into this one program...so what will that do to me?
  • chesterstreetchesterstreet Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    mmmcdowe---when did I say this was an easy way into medical school? I never said that. I was simply remarking on the fact that in 2009 it was over 10% acceptance rate. In 2010 in halved, which makes the % as low as most med schools now. Most people would be surprised any program more than doubled it's applicant pool in just a year.

    axc-- i can understand what you're saying. i don't think they're trying get you to put all your eggs in one basket. it's just that they want you to fully pursue your humanities, if that is your passion. my guess is most types of people in the category are the kinds of ppl who'd do a post bac and/or apply sometime later if they don't get in.

    if you've taken chem and bio, it's good. that's what they want. but if you take physics, i think that will count against you. they specifically say physics will be taught to you during summer between junior and senior year. don't take physics.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 21,376Registered User Senior Member
    ^^chester, there was an article in the NYTimes which resulted in the large increase in apps.

    axc: yes, they want hume/lit majors, thus the name of the program. In essence, they are trying to recruit those students who only take the bare minimum of premed courses, bcos such students have a passion in other areas, such as literature, or theater or....

    Btw, I fail to see how only taking two sciences during a year can hinder your hume major.
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