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      02-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #12
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I waited until I could afford it. My wife and I had a Corolla and a Civic through med school. My advice going forward is to borrow as little as you can and live on as tight a budget as you can while in school. Then you won't have such a burden when you are done, plus you will be making enough in residency to upgrade your lifestyle a little bit. Incomes are certainly trending down and likely will continue to do so. I would go to a state school and try to get a residency at a high power place like Duke , etc. Crazy to spend the kind of money at a high price med school when the education is fine at state schools. It is still a fine profession, but I am a little worried about medicine going forward. As said above, I think there will be a high percentage of hospital owned physicians in the future. That may not be a bad thing in all cases. If that is really what you want to do, go for it. Good luck