Only so many people can be trained in medical schools every year, and many applicants must be turned away. Considering there’s a physician shortage and it is so costly to society to train doctors, I suggest we henceforth become more selective in the applicants we accept. The following candidates should not be accepted to medical school any longer:
Well, obviously. Is there any worse payout on the money our government spends on training physicians than women? Not only do they take long maternity leaves, but they tend to work part-time, contributing to the physician shortage. This one is a no-brainer.
2) Age > 28
When there are all these young 22-year-olds interested in being doctors, why on earth would we accept a 30-year-old, who has eight full years less time to contribute prior to retirement? I mean, I guess we could force them to sign a document promising not to retire before age 70, but what if they die or have a stroke before then? Where will we be then, huh?
3) BMI > 30
Obesity is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. An obese physician is much more likely to die earlier or have more medical conditions that will take away from time they could be spending taking care of patients.
Again, smoking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. And we all know how hard it is to quit smoking. If we’re really trying to get the most bang for our buck, the safest choice is not to take people who have a higher risk of early cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, COPD, and other conditions that will pull them out of the work force early.
5) Chronic medical conditions
We definitely shouldn’t admit anyone with diseases like diabetes or lupus. We had a diabetic in my class and she couldn’t even make it through the surgery rotation without having accommodations made. How is this person going to be able to work as hard as a healthy person?
If we stop admitting these five kinds of candidates to medical school, I am certain that the physician shortage will improve and patients will be happier with their care.