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To the Editor:—
I must disagree with John L. Caughey (198:1105, 1966) that the "only... major deterrent to this ample supply situation [of medical students] is Money." AMA-ERF, state, federal, and local loan programs have recently made it possible for the medical student and house officer to maintain a respectable standard of living if the individual accepts deficit financing on the basis of realistic prospects for future income. It should be noted that there are many who would prefer to retain financial responsibility for their education and who choose to consider loans as an investment in their own future, in preference to the program of gifts or handouts.An alternative explanation for the preponderance of medical school applicants from higher sociological strata may be found in a consideration of the dynamics of the choosing of a career. Surveys of medical students have repeatedly demonstrated that the paramount factor in
Blessum WT. More Medical Students. JAMA. 1967;199(6):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120060132037
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