Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
I like how the paper makes it about "she didn't fit the mold" or she comes from a lower socioeconomic status.More likely its1) She failed the boards. That's like a death knell. There are Carribean medical students how pass the boards on the first try which is saying something.2) She took 6 years of medical school. I know of a person who took one year off after she gave birth during medical school, but she still only took 4 years of school and graduated normally and got a residency. The person in the article it means, must have failed classes across multiple years in order to get into that position. And to top it off, most medical schools today have a Pass/Fail curriculum, including her school that I just looked up. She was a R/N so she probably so Doctors on a daily basis and wondered why they got paid more than she did, so she went to medical school and failed the basic sciences curriculum (which is what Step 1 of the boards are about)3) Her classmate that says the medical school should offer a failsafe.. Then should every medical school offer a fail safe for people who fail out? Where does it end? Then you give an incentive for people to coast by like this poor woman and you get more, not less people in her situation.4) The article is confusing. First it talks about her husband and their toddler together. Then later it talks about her studying as a single mother in medical school. That means during her time on medical school, she had a dating life where she eventually married this man. I know of couples in different medical schools, meeting each other only twice a month or less during the school year because of just how busy it is. 5) She took out a mortgage in medical school and her home was foreclosed. ?????????????? Who takes out a mortgage in medical school? Ultimately if you want to go to medical school, you have to sacrifice a lot of stuff. Seemed like she wanted to have it all, kid, husband, house, medical career, and in the end she lost most.
Affirmative Action example:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/cockroaches-locusts-and-crickets-released-into-byron-burger-rest/
Dr Speaking here, although from the UK not the USA.There is something not being stated in the story about this Woman, it makes no sense otherwise.
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“ ‘Pay us back all the money, but your degree is worthless?’ That doesn’t seem right,” he says.
Nothing personal against her, but there's a long list of red flags that say "Should Not Be A Doctor". It's not a surprise she isn't making the cut on competitively selected residency programs. There are 17-18K graduates a year, and 1K aren't placed - so she was in the bottom 5% of graduates.- Joins the military, gets $180,000 in salary, benefits and tuition over two years, then her poor credit causes them to remove her from the program. I guarantee, despite what the article says, it was not her credit scores from before enlistment that were the problem. I'd bet the behavior continued as a military member. That's the kiss of death for any commissioned or non-commissioned officer's career. If you're gonna screw up, do it as an E-1. The Sgt yells a lot, and it's forgotten if you make E-3. Do it as an O-1 or officer candidate and your career is over.- Takes two extra years to complete the degree. There are two reasons this happens: medical (woman dr gets pregnant, or male doctor has mental problems and takes a year off), or grades. Once admitted, schools are loathe to force someone out if an alternative exists. They'll suggest taking a year off "to get your personal life in order", and hope the student doesn't return, or returns and does better.Note also the story is "Heroic Single Mom fights Unfair System". We cannot allow women to fail, because equality!
And she went for a $350,000 degree. In Poland she can get an MD, in English, for under a hundred. In Ukraine, under $50K. "But then I'll be a foreign medical grad..." <\whine> You mean like the fellow and residents covering the ICU tonight: Patel, Olatunde and Hamza?
To be fair, there is a stigma about foreign medical grads. As a result residency programs only take the top foreign medical grads whereas the "average" FMG might end up with a non-medical career, or at best work as a tech/paramedic/nurse.
Captain, it'd be great to see you annotate this article with advice you'd give your own daughter at each step. I have four, and tried to think about what I would say.
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