I wrote about this a while back with some schools in Texas offering the same 3 years instead of four and actually from what I have read here in this article and others, it seems to be working and readily accepted.  As a medical student who would not want to incur more education debt?  I can’t think of any and some stated that portions of what it taught is no longer applicable so some of that can be discontinued.  Just in the last 5 years being a doctor has changed so much with technology and when you think back to someone who graduated even 10 years ago, we had nowhere what we have today. 

We do need more family practice doctors for sure and maybe not as many specialties but those are the jobs that get compensated better and thus so not many have wanted to go to family practice.  NYU is going ahead with the program amidst the damage they had from hurricane Sandy, to where a big chunk of their research lab was lost. 

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I don’t even think we have begun to really scratch the surface when it comes to all the damage done in the city by the hurricane and healthcare and hospital budgets will be bigger of course in New York to rebuild.  BD

Training to become a doctor takes so long that just the time invested has become, to many, emblematic of the gravity and prestige of the profession.

But now one of the nation’s premier medical schools, New York University, and a few others around the United States are challenging that equation by offering a small percentage of students the chance to finish early, in three years instead of the traditional four.

Not only, they say, will those doctors be able to hang out their shingles to practice earlier, but they will save a quarter of the cost of medical school — $49,560 a year in tuition and fees at N.Y.U., and even more when room, board, books, supplies and other expenses are added in.

The three-year program would also curtail student debt, which now averages $150,000 by graduation, and by doing so, persuade more students to go into shortage areas like pediatrics and internal medicine, rather than more lucrative specialties like dermatology.

Dr. Abramson of N.Y.U. said that postgraduate training, which typically includes three years in a hospital residency, and often fellowships after that, made it unnecessary to try to cram everything into the medical school years. Students in the three-year program will have to take eight weeks of class before entering medical school, and stay in the top half of their class academically. Those who do not meet the standards will revert to the four-year program.



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