Length and Cost of Medical School Education

The length and cost of medical school education remains a significant concern, largely because the debt incurred by medical students is viewed as distorting their decisions regarding where and in what fields to practice, resulting in critical shortages in certain disciplines in adversely affected communities.

Among the issues being raised are:

  • Whether medical school curricula can be restructured to shorten the length of education without adversely affecting the quality of education.
  • Whether accreditation bodies will provide sufficient flexibility for academic health centers to test and implement new paradigms.

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