Doctors have been revered in most countries because they deal with keeping us alive. We often put them on a pedestal because they’ve touched/saved a life of a loved one. I believe that’s great (as doctors have saved my life) but such reverence can also impede progress.
One of the areas that needs the most progress is the medical education. Doctors spend way too much time in school learning things that will not help them in their profession. They also accumulate unnecessary debt and delay having families.
Doctors are technicians, they diagnose a problem and prescribe treatment, much like a car mechanic. The difference is that the human body is more complex and has many more unknowns than a well documented car. Car mechanics don’t go to school for eight to ten years and learn a lot by actually doing work. There are great mechanics and not very good ones. I don’t know if the percentages of good ones are comparable between professions.
I believe that if students could apply to Medical school during sophomore year in college they would already be sufficiently vetted by the institution they are attending (they had to work hard to get in plus they did not fail out in the first year). The first two years should be enough to take all the biology, chemistry, and math classes that a doctor might need. If someone is planning to do medical research, they should stay and finish their BS program and then apply to Med school after four years. Medical schools can deny admission if they don’t feel that someone is qualified. I believer there are plenty of kids that are ready and have all the prerequisites after their sophomore year. Admissions counselor who is unbiased would see it that way too.
To summarize, allowing students to apply and attend Medical school after two yeas of college would:
- lengthen the time a doctor could practice, thus increasing the supply of doctors
- reduce the amount of debt doctors take on
- allow doctors to start families earlier
- encourage more students to go into medicine by removing the fear factor of too much time commitment and too much debt
Overall, it’s a win win for everybody.