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FAU's Medical School sees Applications Double

The article is here.

"FAUís College of Medicine opened on FAUís Boca Raton campus this August, and received an impressive 1,500 applications for 64 slots. This year, applications have doubled to nearly 3,000 for the same number of seats."

What's not mentioned is that last year FAU opened up their application process pretty late - like halfway through the cycle, so by the time they started accepting primary applications a lot of people had already been accepted at medical schools nationwide and were already hunting for apartments. So it's natural that they would double the number of applications with a full cycle (and a well-regarded inaugural class).

What's also nice is that FAU is one of the few new medical schools to help create residency positions, even if most of them are primary care positions (with the exception of a general surgery program at JFK). This helps since medical schools keep opening up without residency positions and there's going to be a time in the near future that medical students are going to graduate with $200-400k worth of debt and nowhere to train to get licensed and pay off that debt. Same thing that's killing law grads across the country right now.


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$200-$400k in debt† :o† I would hope I would have learned to treat myself as my first heart attack victim when seeing my first Sallie Mae bill after graduating.† ;D

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walty12 said

$200-$400k in debt† :o† I would hope I would have learned to treat myself as my first heart attack victim when seeing my first Sallie Mae bill after graduating.† †;D

Yeah, it's crazy. Absolutely crazy. Because the cost of attending medical school is getting so high, students are avoiding relatively low-paying primary care specialties in needed fields like pediatrics and family medicine, thus creating the so-called Primary Care Crisis we're so desperately trying to solve by opening up more medical schools. It's not going to work but right now that's what we're doing.


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