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ERIC Number: EJ831743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-6
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
New Medical-School Programs Put Students on a Fast Track to the White Coat
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n22 pA8 Feb 2009
California's lieutenant governor has proposed a fast-track medical school that would shave three years off the training needed to become a physician. It is not the first time such an idea has been offered. The proposal, for a hoped-for medical school at the University of California at Merced, struck some medical educators as both unrealistic and unwise, drastically compressing the eight years it usually takes to earn an M.D. But a handful of medical schools have, for decades, offered six-year programs that combine undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who are in a hurry to become doctors. Accelerated options persist, their supporters say, because they offer a sensible solution for today's shrinking state budgets, soaring tuition, and looming doctor shortage. Given California's fiscal crisis and already announced cuts in higher education, it is unclear what chance a slimmed-down medical school has in the near future, although such conditions reinforce the need to come up with a more affordable model for medical education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Louisiana; Missouri; Ohio; Pennsylvania