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AAMC survey shows medical student debt load continues to increase

Residency Program Insider, January 6, 2009

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An American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) survey of medical school graduates shows that, for the fifth year in a row, medical school graduates will have more debt than previous graduates, according to an AAMC Reporter article.

The 2008 AAMC Graduate Questionnaire indicates 17.7% of the 13,400 respondents have loans totaling $200,000 or more. The survey shows the average debt for medical graduates is $141,751, which is $10,000 more than in 2007.

AAMC survey coordinators say that debt doesn’t seem to factor into graduates’ decision when choosing a specialty. Only 9.2% of respondents said their debt would be a strong influence.

For more information on medical students’ debt load and other interesting information revealed in the survey, see the original AAMC Reporter article.



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