Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Medical School in Three Years

Who Else Is Nervous About This Plan to Shave a Year Off of Medical School?

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Adam Clark Estes 3,734 Views Dec 23, 2012
Of all the professions in which one might want to uphold the highest educational standards, medicine must be at the top of the list. When you go to the doctor, do you want your doctor to say, "I soaked up every ounce of knowledge possible during the fourteen years I spent learning how to save your life." Or would you rather hear, "How'd I like med school? I graduated early, breezed right through that business." If universities follow New York University's lead, the latter will become the reality. Starting next year, NYU and a handful of other medical schools will offer the option for students to enroll in an accelerated program that lets them finish in three years, instead of four. The motivation behind the change? It's cheaper.
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.

From: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/12/who-else-nervous-about-plan-shave-year-medical-school/60291/

My opinion:
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.

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