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.


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.

Ralph P.

Dear Ralph:

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.


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