I cannot resist commenting on the Feb. 19 article "Penn medical school to
throw out course requirements for admission."
I agree that medical students should pursue a broad undergraduate program. Extra medical courses taken at the undergraduate level only put undue pressure on the student and do not serve a useful purpose as these courses are repeated in medical school.
Medical students must learn that a patient is more than a body to be treated. Successful healing of a person must take into account the role a person's mind plays in the healing process. A patient must be treated as an entity. On the part of the doctor this requires medical knowledge and rapport with the patient.