To the Editor: In his Commentary, Dr Emanuel1 rightly calls for reform in the premedical curriculum, much of which could be more intelligently shaped in response to the evolving challenges in medicine. However, I would not so hastily dismiss organic chemistry as a mere tool to thin the applicant herd. Indeed, I believe that no other premedical course so directly impacts clinical practice.
Kramer DB. Changing Premedical Requirements. JAMA. 2007;297(1):37-39. doi:10.1001/jama.297.1.37-a