Battlepanda: Dr. Debt


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Friday, April 15, 2005

Dr. Debt

Ian from HeadyGooBalls reads the New England Medical Journal and finds that our brand-new docs are emerging from medical school more mired in debt than ever:
By 2004, the debt had increased to $105,000 for public school graduates and $140,000 for private school grads.

The results are what you might expect. The article explains that 60% of med students come from the top quintile (fifth, I looked it up) of income. As the population becomes more diverse, doctors are becoming more homogenous (see: rich and white). While 1 in 8 Americans are black only 1 in 20 are doctors.
You don't need me to tell you why this is not a good trend.

NOTE: I'm pretty sure Ian meant to say "while 1 in 8 Americans are black, only one in 20 doctors are black" in the last sentence there.