I agree wholeheartedly with the Anesthesioboist's points about the importance of a solid background in the humanities. But what concerns me about her post is what appears to be a straw man:
Most physicians who were science majors have of course come out in passionate defense of tradition, with some showing embarrassingly arrogant contempt for their counterparts in the humanities. They have called the Mount Sinai program an example of the “dumbing down” of American education, which I find patently offensive as a former English major who chose one of the most science-oriented specialties in medicine (but also, to my mind, one of the most artful).
I find the habit of many physicians of looking down at the humanities and humanities students completely obnoxious, but of course, I am biased.
I along with a few others who have expressed skepticism feel the jury's still out concerning the Mount Sinai program. We have expressed concern about the de-emphasis on basic science, which doesn't devalue humanities education in the least. There's plenty of room, even the traditional curriculum, for both.