Why would a legal scamblog make reference to a news story concerning NYU Medical School? Well, leave it to the medical profession to render an accurate diagnosis:
The cost of medical school can keep some people from pursuing a career in the field. Addressing the affordability issue could help alleviate physician shortages, said Rafael Rivera, associate dean for admissions and financial aid.
"The debt can scare people away. One of those individuals could be the one to find a cure for cancer. For us, it's important to have the best applicant pool possible and society deserves nothing less," Rivera said.
All students enrolled in the MD degree program are eligible, regardless of their financial need or academic performance. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, which this year amounts to $55,018.
"We want people to pursue those fields because it's their passion," Rivera said.
Because scambloggers clearly have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to law school debt and the state of the legal profession, perhaps people will listen to the medical community instead as an analogous study. Interesting that NYU is also offering real, actual scholarships, not bait-and-switch section-stacking grants that the Law School Cartel is famous for. Again, open road narratives ain't cheap, y'all, and don't compare to the cost of laboratories and teaching hospitals.
What about ongoing concerns such as "public service" and diversity?
NYU also says medical school debt is "reshaping the medical profession," as graduates choose more lucrative specialized fields in medicine rather than primary care.
A report from the AAMC in April said the U.S. faces a shortage of doctors of all types — perhaps more than 120,000 by 2030. The predictions vary widely, however, to between 42,600 and 121,300. The group says the country will be lacking between 14,800 and 49,300 primary care physicians by 2030, while "non-primary care specialties" will fall short by 33,800 and 72,700 doctors.
The school says it hopes the plan will also increase diversity among its students — what it calls "a full retrofitting of the pipeline that trains and finances" future doctors.
So, if society needs more family-oriented and/or General Practitioner doctors out there, then...help them with the debt such that they can afford to accept "less" pay to do the work that needs doing! Brilliant. While room and board costs still exist, these are also clearly recognized and aid is available for those costs, also.
Interestingly, a shortage is what sometimes occurs when an accrediting body actually, y'know, regulates their given profession. Sounds like a nice problem to have (as opposed to decades of law graduate overproduction, by contrast) and it is easily remedied. But the tuition waiver also gets exactly at the core of the public service issue. While the Law School Cartel whines about graduates not "defending liberty" and "pursuing justice" while offering soft-default, not-solutions to student debt (and the Department of Education eviscerates public loan forgiveness in the meantime), NYU is actually putting its money where its mouth is. Something the scamblogs have long criticized the Cartel for failing to do - if you actually want more public servants and more diversity, then hey, open the pocketbook. NYU is leading by example.
Oh well. It appears that these solutions will help alleviate the SHORTAGE of medical doctors, and also not burden them with a lifetime of unsustainable debt at the same time while increasing access. I know I am certainly looking forward to the Cartel's own solution, perhaps using NYU as a model example. It should be coming along anytime now...I'm sure Cooley and Infilaw are on it, to say nothing of the T100.