SPOTLIGHT: Physician shortage sparks innovation in addressing med school debt

As medical schools and policymakers scramble to address the nation's physician shortage, a proposal published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers an intriguing solution to the problem of medical school debt. Under the Strategic Alternative for Funding Education (SAFE), medical schools would cut out tuition and fees during medical education, then collect a fixed percentage of income for 10 years after a physician has finished training. Because training programs vary in length, a neurosurgeon might not start paying until 13 years after entering med school, while a family practitioner payment could start paying as soon as seven years after beginning school, Louis Weinstein, one of the authors of the proposal and a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, told the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. FiercePracticeManagement