My Classmates in the BCMJ/Vancouver Sun
Check out what my classmates, Peter Nicholson and Nimrod Levy had to say about medical school debt, in their BCMJ article. Looking at an aggregate news source today, I discovered that today’s Vancouver Sun features the pair. Congrats guys, and amen!
I was sitting next to Peter in class today and yesterday, but had no idea he and Nimrod had written such an essential and timely article. Clearly, a lot of students in my class hold the same sentiments, which led me to writing my post “Medical School = Debt That’ll Kill Me” just last week. While I agree with much of what my colleagues have said, I’m not sure that a mandatory rural/under-serviced work term would be appropriate. It has been tried in India with various outcomes, according to the pharmacists and physicians I encountered there. While some are happy to work in remote areas, others abandon their posts.
My opinion is that opt-in debt forgiveness for a service contract would work better for young Canadian physicians, but that’s just because I don’t always like being told what to do!
Next week, our school’s financial officer is giving a talk on Loan Repayment, so I’ll probably have some more thoughts on this.