If you could graduate medical school in only three years, would you?
Quickly thinking about this question, the easy answer to many would be an astounding YES! But there are many factors to consider. Yes, debt would decrease and you would be able to start practicing sooner. But there are reasons to include fourth year as well including the ample elective opportunities which help students find their passion.
According to an article in The Washington Post
this week, "fewer than a dozen of the nation’s 124 medical schools are offering or actively considering three-year programs, which typically involve the elimination of electives, attendance at summer classes and the provisional guarantee of a residency — offered because three-year graduates might be at a disadvantage compared with other applicants." Read the entire article here
What are your thoughts? Do you think medical school should be three or four years?