Who Else Is Nervous About This Plan to Shave a Year Off of Medical School?
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In a way, shortening medical school makes solid sense. The four years a future doctor spends in medical school is just a fraction of her training. Usually, there are at least another six years after that: one year doing an internship, at least three years in residency and sometimes another two doing a fellowship. And only then do the new doctors start earning those awesome salaries that can pay back the $150,000 or so in student loans that they accumulated getting their degree.
While there may be good reason to shorten medical school into three years, I can't help but think that medical schools is already difficult enough as it is. It seems as if everything in our country is being run based on financial reasons, these days. Are there better ways to lighten the cost of medical school? I've often wondered why financial aid is much more difficult to receive in medical school than in undergrad. Should financial aid at both levels be alike? Feel free to comment.