The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use our anonymous form, and she
might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact information is here.
WHY AREN'T MORE STUDENTS ADMITTED TO MEDICAL SCHOOL?
Dear Career Doctor:
Why aren't more students allowed into medical school? By increasing the supply of doctors,
the prices that the consumer or patient pay would fall in the long term. Top students could
be taken from China and India if the medical community feels that they can not find the
talent in the United States.
I posed your question to a friend of mine, Dr. Robert Reiffel, a plastic surgeon in private
practice in White Plains who is the Secretery/Treasurer of the Medical Staff at White Plains
Hospital. Here is what he said:
"Does your questioner have any idea how difficult and expensive
it is to run a medical school? Or how difficult and expensive it is to run a residency program?
Finding hospitals for clinical training, physicians who can/will teach, corpses for anatomy,
teaching hospitals for residency, etc. is not easy. How about the quarter of a million dollars
to fund a student, after taxes and not including housing?"
"As for lowering the cost of medical care, when medical students finally finish training, they have
to deal with Medicare and insurance companies keeping fees LOWER every year! The government thinks
there are too many doctors and too many hospitals - hence St. Agnes and United Hospitals have closed.
Now there is a crisis because the remaining hospitals are swamped. I assure you, there is no
conspiracy to limit competition by limiting the number of doctors."
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.