Student Debt and the Decline in Primary Care: Can Medical School Graduates Still Afford to Become Primary Care Doctors?


This project examined the collision between rising debt and stagnant or falling primary care salaries. It tested the hypothesis that the United States may be near the point at which students with large amounts of educational debt are unable to rationally choose to pursue primary care. The study used secondary analysis of two data sources to test this hypothesis: the Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) administered annually by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to senior medical students, and the annual salary surveys of the MGMA. We examined the impact of debt for important sub-groups of the medical student population: underserved minorities, rural students, women, and differences across regions and public versus private medical schools. Funded by HRSA, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Rosenblatt RA, Andrilla CHA The impact of U.S. medical students' debt on their choice of primary care careers: an analysis of data from the 2002 medical school graduation questionnaire PUBLICATION 09-01-2005 Article