Friday, July 15, 2011
It looks like Texas is moving towards shortening the length of medical school. Why? They say it is to cut costs and to increase the amount of physicians in the pipeline. First of all, I went to medical school in Texas and the cost is really cheap there. Thank you, by the way, for that. Second, the issue is to get more primary care docs out there and this doesn't guarantee anything. Fast-tracking medical students and then having them work less hours in residency only makes them less well trained and less qualified. This is not the answer, my friends. We are in a turf battle with extenders (their doing, BTW) to prove our worth in the healthcare system. We won't win that battle by educating and training our future peers less.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 5:53 AM