Is Medical School Worth the Cost Now?

November 11, 2020

Across the country, medical students find themselves paying substantial costs for a medical education now greatly altered by the pandemic.

Students who graduated with any debt in 2019 carried a median educational debt load of $200,000, including "premedical" debt, such as college loans, according to a recent report from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Despite restrictions on time spent in hospitals and other clinical settings for hands-on learning, social events, and access to libraries, gyms, study spaces, and instructors, tuition hasn't dropped in 2020 but has remained the same or has even risen. Many in the midst of training have one lingering question: Is the education that future doctors are now receiving worth the cost?


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