Everyone knows that medical school and residency are stressful for young physicians. The AMA Alliance knows that the training years can be just as challenging for the physician's spouse. Our new blog offers resources to provide specific support for partners of physicians in training, as well as assistance in finding an Alliance in your area.

We know that support for the family of medicine is most comforting when it is provided by the family of medicine.

To learn more about the Young Member Connection please view our first blog entry here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Proposed legislation would provide medical school scholarships

Cong. Jim McDermott (D-WA) recently introduced legislation that would provide up to four-years tuition for medical students in exchange for practicing medicine in underserved areas. Learn more.

Would your family take advantage of this program if it were available? Tell us in the comments.


Jeni said...

I think it's a great idea. My husband is leaning toward family practice and there are already loan payback options out there that we're definitely going to look into.

Jeff and Tasha Blomstedt said...

We live in Nebraska and they have that option, but most won't opt to do it because it becomes a contractual agreement and if the student breaks the contract they pay up to 150% of what the scholarship paid out (which med school is so expensive, that's a lot of money!). Many incoming med students aren't sure (an often change their minds) on what they want to specialize in or if they want to do Family Practice. It's a good idea, but the legislation would have to be worded in such a way that it would attract students (I think a contract repels most students--isn't that why most don't choose funding through the military?)