Hidden Costs of Medical Schools

From NY Times: ‘I Have a Ph.D. in Not Having Money’

An excerpt:

Medical school is expensive for everyone. But for low-income students, the hidden costs can be prohibitive…

American medical schools are the training grounds for a white-collar, high-income industry, but they select their students from predominantly high-income, and typically white, households…Between 1988 and 2017, more than three-quarters of American medical school students came from affluent households…

Students from low-income families who choose to apply to medical school find the path lined with financial obstacles. The application phase entails MCAT registration ($315) and preparation, application fees ($170 for the first school and $40 for each additional one), travel and attire for interviews (on average more than $200 per school). After enrollment, students are expected to purchase equipment and study aids. Each year brings new certification tests, with registration fees running upward of $600.

Aspiring doctors know that tuition is costly; the median educational debt held by medical school graduates in 2018 was $200,000, up 4 percent from the previous year. But less advertised are all the hidden costs of a medical education.

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