I have been checking out the mission statements of various schools and I noticed that Loma Linda Medical School in California places a strong emphasis on religion in their core curiculum. I did not take this in account before, but do other schools include religion in their courses? Even if it is not written on paper, how much is religion discussed in class? I mean, I am all for healthy debate and discussion about the various truths of the world, but I am wondering if there is a lot of "God-talk" other than nice euphanisms about praying for somebody or a person being in "God's hands." I want to go to a school where people are allowed to think for themselves without being bombarded by scripture or religous allusions (not to say I would be offended if a teacher made reference to a "forbidden fruit of knowledge," but I wouldn't be able to stand, "you remember in Luke or Revelations that so and so....") With my preferences, are there any other schools I should watch out for? If possible, I would like to go to a diverse campus with students from many ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. On a side note, are there classes in medical school that discuss the concerns that patients from different ethnicities and relgions have? For example, if a group takes offense to a certain procedure, like surgery on the eye? Are there culutural-awareness in medicine classes? If such classes exist, does anybody know which schools have good programs for them? BTW, the people on this board have given me lots of help with my pre-med anxieties, and even though I wasn't posting, there are lots of us "watchers" who are grateful for all the information. Oh yeah and cross-my-fingers for high MCAT scores and a nice bowel movement tomorrow. (I had to throw a poop joke in this dry message). (For added fun, imagine a monkey throwing the poop joke into the message).