Med School without Science

Would you rather have a doctor who understands your pain or one who can fix it?

The New York Times article, “Getting into Med School without the Hard Sciences” reports on the Mt. Sinai medical school program that precludes organic chemistry, physics, and that old barrier – the MCATs….”they are admitted into the program based on their high school SAT scores, two personal essays, their high school and early college grades and interviews.

The article notes that these medical students are

“…likely to train as psychiatrists (14 percent compared with 5.6 percent of their classmates) and somewhat more likely — though less so than Dr. Kase had expected — to go into primary care fields, like pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology….
Now let’s see how they’re doing 5 and 10 years down the road.”

The Mount Sinai study did not answer the question.

At least they don’t become surgeons. Zach Braff from Scrubs is going off-Broadway – but that’s another story.

Dr. House is still available.

“I’m 18 with 22 Years of Experience”

If 50 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40, how old are those thirty-somethings – in their teens?      Sam Tanenhaus makes a case for the older writer – defined as over 40 – while confirming that most of the great writers were under 30 when they wrote their first work of fiction.    In his New York Times essay How Old Can a ‘Young Writer’ Be? Tanenhaus lists authors from Hemingway to Mailer, who were all mid-twenties when they hit success.

Where is the Grandma Moses of fiction? Are there any fiction writers over 60?

Frank McCourt was 66 when Angela’s Ashes was published.

Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows at 51,

Mary Wesley

and Mary Wesley, author of The Camomile Lawn – a WWII  Cornwall drama, later made into a TV mini-series, did not start writing until she was 71.

Does age really matter? Maybe.   Tanenhaus says that every major fiction writer “begins with a storehouse of material and memories that often attenuate over time.” Ah, the need to write before you forget what you are going to write.

If you are already having senior moments, you may be thinking your career as a future novelist is in jeopardy, but Helen Hooven Santmyer, who wrote And Ladies of the Club when she was 87, advises…

“…it never really goes, does it? It is all in our minds.”

Some Thoughts About E-Reading

Books or kindle? Pages you can touch or electronic? Stacks by your bed or neatly stored on your ipad or kindle?

Join the controversy…and get some new titles to read from this NY Times short…

Call me old-fashioned, but I agree that  “…a hidden property in printed books, one of the reasons I will always prefer them {is} they do nothing…”    except, of course, draw you in.