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(The New York Times)   Medical schools weigh the benefits of a three year program. New doctors may actually have a chance at paying off their tuition before they retire   ( divider line
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2013-10-26 12:48:47 PM  
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It's a difficult choice.

As it is right now, the first two years of med school are purely classroom education. Anatomy, biochemistry, psychiatry, neurology, pathology and physiology. The next two are clinical. Internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, OB, neuro, psych, pediatrics, electives. Fourth year is all electives. Between the two is USMLE Step 1, then Step 2 in the third year and Step 3 after fourth year.

The difficult part is what to cut. The clinical courses used to be 12 or 6 weeks. Now they're 10 and 5. Cut out the electives and you'd have people picking a specialty they theoretically had never taken in med school. Shaving them down to, say, 8 and 4? 50 weeks becomes 40, but even that only knocks out 10 weeks. They're too short as is in some cases- psych is barely long enough at five weeks to actually learn the bits you need.

Trim down the first two years, and we've another problem. Biochemistry is 11 weeks at most schools. Anatomy is 16. All of neuro and psych is 12. Where do you trim?

Even if you cut out all the breaks, there's not a year's worth. You get 2 months after first year, a month after second, and two weeks after third.

I'm not a fan. Simply don't see how it can be done. I have over 300 thousand in loan debt, and shaving a year from that would be great, but if anything I'd stretch med school to five years. There's just so much material to cover.
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