CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – Match Day is one of the biggest days in the lives of aspiring doctors. It is the day when medical students on the verge of graduation find out where they will spend their residencies.
On Thursday at noon, aspiring doctors at the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine will find out where they will be going to complete their training.
Last year the number of medical school seniors entering residencies in family medicine/primary care was up nine percent over 2009, but for those choosing that path it was a tough choice.
“Students are not really rewarded for it and it is a very tough thing to have to go into just in terms of medical school debt,” said Jennifer Greig.
The average medical student taking out loans to attend U.M. will rack up $150,000 in debt according to school officials. Many students look at the mountain of bills and decide to choose more lucrative specialties than family medicine or primary care. That is a huge worry because if health care reform in any way is going to work, a growing shortage of primary care doctors must be remedied.