Medical school graduates faced with high debt were less likely to pursue careers in the relatively low-paying primary-care field, a new study has found. But the effect was "modest" when demographic characteristics were taken into consideration, according to the study, which also found that about 84% of graduating students were in debt, with the average amount nearly $87,000. The study was part of a series of articles featured in the September issue of Academic Medicine examining the roles of lifestyle, gender and debt on careers in medicine and was based on results from questions on the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2002 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire. -- by Michael Romano
High med school debt may influence docs' choices
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