One of the great things, I think, that
Notre Dame offers is this Arts and Letters, you know, Pre-Health or Pre-Professional
Program. I think it is a great opportunity for students to expand beyond the biology and the chemistry and the organic chemistry which are all very important parts of preparing for a medical
career. But, studying the social sciences in
sociology, in particular, is equally important. Pull up the top 10
causes of death in the United States today. Many of them are related to, kind of, social and behavioral risk factors.
Premed students who take the opportunity to do this liberal arts pre-health track will be better
prepared to be physicians because they will be able to pay
attention to the social and behavioral and the medical and biological and
chemical factors that all go into a healthy person.