Main Question or Discussion Point
I have a question for this august body, prompted in part by this article. In the US, if I choose to get a PhD in the physical sciences, I receive a stipend that covers my tuition and pays me a modest salary, so that I come out of graduate school debt free. However, if I want to become a medical doctor (MD), I'm on my own and am typically deeply in debt when I finish my education. With the exploding cost of health care, why don't we set up a program similar to that which exists for physics graduate students? We would train more doctors, and since they wouldn't have large debts to pay off, their fees could come down and we could help reduce the rapid growth of medical costs. Any comments?