Has it come down to this?

Aptly titled, Medical Student in Debt, a blog asking for donations to fund this student's medical school education. (via Dr. Crippen)

Medical schools are starting to incorporate evidence-bereft alternative medicine courses. The AMSA blindly supports the beginning of the end for the traditional medical curriculum. Dr. RW with more.

This medical student argues yes:

U.S. schools will only admit students who have proven that they can excel academically and otherwise, while many Caribbean schools are willing to accept students who have less than perfect academic records, with the caveat that they have to prove themselves.

Most students at my school would agree that they have been given an extra chance -- a chance to prove that they ...

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Chris Rangel with a few ideas:

Part of the reason is that there are few if any protections against liability in treating a population that tends to be less healthy, have more bad habits (obesity, smoking, alcohol, drug abuse), and be less complaint with treatment and follow up. Ergo, they are at higher risk of bad outcomes and bad outcomes tend to lead to lawsuits regardless of any actual malpractice. ...

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Wanting nurses to prescribe

A business school professor's solution to health care costs. With this thinking, why is there the need for medical school? Simply take a 2-year program and you'll have all the privileges doctors have.

A few common sense ideas. Is anyone willing to step up to the plate?

Arizona needs to bring a new university medical school in Phoenix to full operation and should support private alternatives that could train more doctors and nurses. And Gov. Janet Napolitano should reconsider her veto of a bill last year that would have made it harder for patients to successfully sue for malpractice. A task force ...

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Why we suck at lobbying

Too busy training to, you know, treat patients:

The medical profession is not noted for effective lobbying on its own behalf. This probably principally derives from the fact that most men and women who pursue the grueling and academically challenging route of four years of college majoring in a science (not "public policy" or any other type of "basket-weaving" major), then four years of medical school, then years of ...

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A pioneer of the artificial heart, he barely made it as a physician:

Jarvik is a medical doctor, but not with the strongest credentials. When he finished Syracuse University his grades did not permit entry into a U.S. medical school. So, he enrolled at the University of Bologna, Italy, but left after two years. Eventually Jarvik decided the mechanical aspects of the body fascinated him and he earned a ...

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With poor primary care reimbursement from Medicare, this scenario was predictable. Vermont is now reaching out to high-schoolers to drum up primary care support:

Harrington said the only way to attract more doctors to primary care is to lighten the administrative load, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates and expand programs that help new doctors pay off medical school loans of up to $150,000.

Reardon says the Area Health Education ...

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And there was a $500 bid on it.

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