Originally Posted by Aureus
The reason why music majors, different than a musician, have a 'high' acceptance rate in medical school is because they are the people who are interested in medicine and not science. At no point do they doubt they want to be a doctor, and at no point do they think they are not going to be one. No matter what you major in, you have take a lot of pre-req classes in Biology and Chemistry for a medical school to even look at your application. If you're a music major and you didn't take those pre-reqs, or you didn't do well in them, you don't have a snowballs chance in hell of getting in.
But then, that’s why music majors do well. It’s because they aren't really music majors. They just don't want to be the scientist. They don’t want to be the normal biology/chemistry 'pre-med' person. This is also why Art History, History and Philosophy majors who apply to Med school have good chances as well. It has little to do with their choice of study but their grades in their pre-req classes and their motivation to go to med-school.
Make no mistake though; the majority of applicants accepted into medical school have a scientific background. The two majors that have the highest acceptance rate into medical school are Music and Engineering. The exceptional medical students choose these majors. The majors themselves are not the cause of the acceptance.
IE, That you can play the violin has no real bearing on whether or not a medical school will accept. Not that musicians, or music departments, want to hear that.
First of all, I have no interest in becoming a doctor. Secondly, my mother is a prof at both canada's best medical schools, and does a lot the interviews. My father, who is a surgeon, is very interested in someone's mechanical abilities, and in his experience, people who play instruments are automatically top candidates for working with their hands, not to mention are well acquainted with performance pressures. So I think you might be half right, at least based on what they tell me.
Anyways, all I said was that the percentage of music applicants who are accepted is 66%, the highest of any discipline. That doesn't mean there are a ton of musicians in medicine, it just means of the portion of those who apply, 66% of them get in, which is the most of any major.
Also, I know a ton of doctors from the USA and here, given that my parents are doctors and a lot of their friends are doctors. Almost all of them are involved in some type of visual art or music, some quite seriously. I think there is certainly a correlation.