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Three years of medical school is as good as four, US study finds

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2634 (Published 28 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2634
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Graduates of three year medical school programmes are as well prepared for residency as those who graduate from four year programmes, have less student debt, and are more likely to enter needed primary care fields, a study has found.

Accelerated programmes allow graduates to enter the workforce and begin earning salaries one year earlier than traditional programmes and can help tackle the US physician shortage, which is projected to rise to around 47 000 to 122 000 physicians by 2032, the study said. It was published in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.1

Graduates of the shorter programmes were found to have less …

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