Expanding medical schools in the U.S.- finally!

We’ve occasionally touched upon the choice that today’s youth make in choosing a career or path. Enough of our peers are already in, or heading towards medicine, and no encouragement is needed in that direction. But good news- now you pre-md.jpgmed students have more options in the U.S.!

There has long been an imbalance in the demand for seats in medical schools, and the supply of seats available. Bright students have had to travel internationally to study, sometimes learning to study without reliable electricity. However, during the 80s and 90s, only one new medical school was established. This is finally changing. Nearly two dozen medical schools are opening, or might open in the near future. [NYT]

The proliferation of new schools is also a market response to a rare convergence of forces: a growing population; the aging of the health-conscious baby-boom generation; the impending retirement of, by some counts, as many as a third of current doctors; and the expectation that, the present political climate notwithstanding, changes in health care policy will eventually bring a tide of newly insured patients into the American health care system. [NYT]

The interesting aspect of this growth is that many of the creators of these new programs aim to create doctors different from today’s. They claim they will produce doctors who aim to serve immigrant and underserved communities.

Many of the developing medical schools are well aware of such arguments, and are billing themselves as different from traditional medical schools, more focused on serving primary care needs in immigrant and disadvantaged communities. Administrators say that they expect that approach to be buttressed by a shift in state and federal reimbursements from specialists to primary care doctors. [NYT]

In any case, they’ll be closer to home!


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10 Responses to “Expanding medical schools in the U.S.- finally!”

  1. msingh says:

    I feel like this post perpetuates the notion that everyone has to become a doctor. We should focus more on nontraditional careers and I would expect this blog to raise the conversation in doing so.

  2. msingh says:

    I feel like this post perpetuates the notion that everyone has to become a doctor. We should focus more on nontraditional careers and I would expect this blog to raise the conversation in doing so.

  3. Harinder says:

    There are more challenging and exciting carrer than doctors which are availabe to todays Generation.
    But I do agree "DOCTOR is a NOBEL PROFESSION"

  4. Harinder says:

    There are more challenging and exciting carrer than doctors which are availabe to todays Generation.
    But I do agree "DOCTOR is a NOBEL PROFESSION"

  5. Amit Singh says:

    I dont see any new medical schools opening anytime soon. The health care system has known for years now that there will be a tremendous shortage of physicians in the next 10-15 years.

  6. Amit Singh says:

    I dont see any new medical schools opening anytime soon. The health care system has known for years now that there will be a tremendous shortage of physicians in the next 10-15 years.

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