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Is Less Medical School a Good Thing?

 
Is Less Medical School a Good Thing?
Posted February 12th, 2014 @ 5:09am by KTRH's Scott Crowder

Some prominent medical schools are launching what they call 'fast track' degree programs that shave a year or two off medical school. But do you want your doctor to have *less* education?

KTRH medical expert Dr. Joe Galati says it may be more efficient.

"They cut it down probably to two years of college and four years of medical school; which is really not too different than what the rest of the world does."

Dr. LaTanya Love at Houston's UT Health Medical School says Obamacare will require more doctors.

"This will help physicians to enter the physician workforce at least a year earlier, so this can help to perhaps address some of the needs of a physician shortage."

But Dr. Love says it will take away time for elective classes that help round out a doctor's knowledge.

Dr. Galati agrees that's a concern, but he thinks the benefits outweigh the risk.

"If anything it'll infuse more people into medical school to pursue this career."

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