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A Medical School for Humanities Majors?

The Humanities and Medicine Program at the Mount Sinai medical school in New York accepts about 35 undergraduates a year from humanities and social science disciplines–even if they have never taken any ‘hard’ science courses! 

The school has found that such students are able to catch up on the science but that they add this much desired dimension: a sense of mission, a broad humanistic vision and the interpersonal skills to become better healers. 

What this says to me is that a humanities major who engages in Humanities+ and who does a minor in a scientific discipline or who completes the prerequisites for medical school probably has an equal or better chance of getting into an excellent medical school than the straight-on science major or ‘tech geek’. 

What it also suggests is that the traditional ‘science-only’ majors who wish to become doctors could improve their chances with top schools (and of becoming better healers) by taking rigorous coursework in the humanities disciplines–a strategy that we in our College are calling +Humanities. 

Read more in today’s NYT:

State Department Fellowships: apply by July 31

Accepting applications for the 2010 Diplomacy Fellows Program
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The State Dept is accepting applications for the 2010 Diplomacy Fellows Program.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 31, 2010.

General Qualifications for the DFP Program:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. You must be at least 20 and not more than 59 at the time of application.
  3. You must be available for worldwide assignment.
  4. You may not have been separated from the Foreign Service under certain sections of the Foreign Service Act.
  5. You must have participated in one of the 9 eligible Fellowship programs (please (click here to view the list) and you must have successfully completed all program requirements and received your master’s degree within 5 years of the vacancy announcement closing date.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement for details about qualifications, evaluations and requirements.

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