Korean J Fam Med.  2015 Jul;36(4):159-161. 10.4082/kjfm.2015.36.4.159.

Medical Student Debt: What Perspective Should We Take?

  • 1BMJ Learning, London, UK. kmwalsh@bmj.com


Since medical education is expensive, healthcare professional students in many countries must take out loans to pay for their studies. The resultant levels of debt have created concerns at both the beginning and the end of undergraduate education. How should medical educators respond to these concerns? If educators are to look at medical education from the perspective of their students who are most in need, then they should think about this. Educators should think about their response when current or prospective students ask them about mitigating the costs of medical education. This may include questions about working during undergraduate studies, the costs of living in different locations, and the availability of bursaries that offer financial aid to students. Medical students should be encouraged to "think like an investor" when making decisions related to their medical education. Senior medical educators should be well placed to advise them in this regard.


Medical Education; Cost

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care
Education, Medical
Students, Medical*
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