Hard classes

There’s no good reason a pre-med student should have to take organic chemistry to get into med school. At exactly what point will a doctor be able to use her knowledge of carbon bonding?

She won’t, but that’s not the point. The reason organic chemistry is a med school requirement has nothing to do with the subject matter and everything to do with the difficulty of the class. Pre-med students are being asked, “Do you want to be a doctor so much that you’re willing to subject yourself to this nearly-useless, intensely difficult class? If not, you don’t care enough about being a doctor.”

Organic chemistry is a bit like Hell Week for the Navy SEALS–the stakes of the profession are so high that a bunch of people need to be weeded out.

It’s easy to tell your aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving dinner that you’re pre-med. It’s a lot harder to become a doctor.