I believe all doctors should be well-educated people who appreciate the value of a truly liberal education. But a lot of doctors echo in spirit what one thoracic surgeon once said when the patient was surprised to learn she hadn't read an author that the patient had been discussing with me as I placed monitors before administering the anesthetic. The surgeon said to the patient, a little acridly, "No, I was busy reading things that would actually be helpful to you." I wanted to make a little sound of incredulous protest but I held my tongue. I was surprised, though, by the intensity of my own resentment of her remark. I felt personally affronted.
Don't get me wrong; I believe a strong education in science is integral to medical study and of vital importance regardless of one's chosen profession. But encouraging intense focus on hard sciences, for a secondary goal (admission to med school) rather than for the sake of science itself, to the exclusion of the humanities, selects for a very particular (competitive, self-interested, often arrogant, and at times, decidedly un-empathetic) type of student - often, for students who get really good at shutting themselves up in rooms with their noses in textbooks away from the rest of teeming, suffering humanity.