Medical student debt: all should become GPs

Dec 31, 2012

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There is a paper in Academic Medicine entitled ‘Can Medical Students Afford to Choose Primary Care? An Economic Analysis of Physician Education Debt Repayment’ (DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318277a7df). The background being that primary care salaries in the US are below those of specialists. In the UK, as far as I can see, the salary differentials are reversed. So, as fees and student debt become a bigger and bigger issue in the UK, the issue becomes ‘Can Medical Students Afford to Choose Secondary Care? An Economic Analysis of Physician Education Debt Repayment’. Well, it is the season of good will…(and note one of the author’s name ends in Claus)

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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