Program in Liberal Medical Education

About

The PLME program encourages students to take advantage of the breadth of a liberal arts education, to take charge of their education, and to become active learners.

For approximately 50 strongly motivated freshmen, the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) offers a unique opportunity to combine undergraduate education and professional studies in medicine into an eight-year program.

The PLME is not an accelerated medical program. Rather, it encourages students to take advantage of the breadth of a liberal arts education, to take charge of their education, and to become active learners. At Brown, creative students need not sacrifice the benefits of a rich liberal arts education in order to gain admission to medical school.

The PLME is an application of the open curriculum concept that has been so successful at the undergraduate level at Brown. It encourages students of medicine to pursue their varied interests (in humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences) in depth even as they prepare for careers as physicians or medical scholars.

Mission

The mission of the PLME is to use a broad-based liberal arts education combined with pre-medical competencies to prepare students of diverse backgrounds for successful completion of their medical education at the Warren Alpert Medical School. Through intensive academic advising and the development of a personalized Educational Plan, the PLME enables students to pursue their own academic interests in preparation for a career as a humanistic physician while also developing personal and professional attributes to lead a healthy, balanced life.

Vision

The vision of the Program in Liberal Medical Education is to graduate doctors, scholars, and leaders in medicine who have been exposed to a wide, sensitizing view of the human condition and who are committed to practicing holistic medicine. Moreover, students will have a well-balanced sense of themselves as part of society, humanity and as well as medical professionals.

Facts & Figures

Class Statistics

3,516

PLME Applicants

87

Students Offered Admission

53

PLME Matriculants

Average SAT/ACT Scores for Matriculants

Past 3 years; standardized test scores are optional for 2021-2022 applicants.

748

SAT ERW

779

SAT Math

35

ACT Composite

Important Dates

  Early Decision
(must be to both the College and the PLME)
Regular Decision
(must be to both the College and the PLME)
Application Deadlines

November 1

January 5
Acceptance Notification Mid-December Early April

More Information

Students in the first four years of the PLME are completely integrated into the undergraduate student body and, like all students, have access to Brown’s entire faculty.
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As undergraduates, PLME students may choose to work toward an AB or ScB degree in the sciences, or toward an AB in the humanities, social sciences, or behavioral sciences.
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Learn more about the students who have chosen the PLME path and their experiences along the way.
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