Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
Maybe there is something of value to learn from the business schools on how to handle burnout.1 But I think that after a grueling four years of college in preparation for medical school, many students are exhausted and in “preburnout.” Medical school just accelerates the process. I remember sitting in my undergraduate organic chemistry class and wondering what organic chemistry had to do with being a doctor. I still wonder. Even worse, I still remember the hours I spent painfully memorizing the Krebs citric acid cycle. Occasionally, when I am browsing in a bookstore, I page through a Medical College Admission Test preparation book. The questions about osmosis, semipermeable membranes, osmolality, and the Krebs citric acid cycle are still there—even though I have never used this information as a doctor. My point is, are the four years of “premed” studies really necessary for medical school?
Edward Volpintesta, MD
General practitioner, Bethel Medical Group, Bethel, Connecticut; firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Pathipati AS, Cassel CK. Addressing student burnout: What medical schools can learn from business schools. Acad Med. 2018;93:1607–1609.