The chance to finish medical school early is attracting increased attention from students, many of whom are burdened with six-figure education loans, according to Kaiser Health News.
To meet that need, some schools are carving off the final year of training. Three-year programs are a way to produce physicians—especially primary-care doctors—faster, as the new healthcare law funnels millions of previously uninsured patients into the medical system.
In Texas, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock graduated its first three-year class in 2013; its nine students are training in family medicine. Fifteen more students started this fall, KHN reports.
The plan does have detractors as well., some of whom note that the three-year track was offered by a few dozen medical schools in the late 1970s, but was abandoned because of student burnout from trying to cram too much into those three years.