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Writer's Block: Occupy Wall-et

How much debt do you have?
Let's see. Medical school is a rather expensive endeavor. On average, folks coming out of med school owe about 1/4 million dollars in student loans. Thankfully, I got out of undergrad debt-free. I'll still be close to 200 grand in the hole once the interest starts to accrue. On top of med school, I've got a mortgage. Debt makes my skin crawl and my teeth ache. I don't like it. Not one bit. On a related note, I think it would make sense for the government (from whom I borrowed the money to get my medical education) to forgive the student loans of individuals who provide a service to the public - primary care docs and other healthcare professionals filling the primary care shortage, especially in underserved areas, for instance. Just sayin'...


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Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
They don't forgive doctor's loans for working with the poor? Well, that's crap! You get like one loan forgiven for each year of teaching in a innercity school, working at a free clinic or an Indian reservation should be covered too. lkjdf afjk politicians.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
There are some loan repayment options based on where you practice, but funding can be kinda tenuous. It is very political.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
My dad got his entire loan forgiven for working 25 years teaching in impoverished areas; two different Indian Reservations, a low income school district on the PA/MD border, and a small rural school that was having trouble keeping staff due to low wages. He graduated in '83.

It costs so much to go to school these days and for most people there is no way to really, really justify how much you spend when the economy can't support it. Sucks rocks.
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