Medical students lack knowledge of healthcare overhaul

The 2010 Affordable Care Act affects almost every aspect of the U.S. healthcare system, but many future doctors who will be operating under its policies admit they don’t know that much about the law.

In a survey of about 850 medical students in Minnesota, less than half said they understood the healthcare law’s basic components, and more than 40 percent said they had no opinion on the law.

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Editor’s comment
As an MD, MBA student, I learned extensively about the Affordable Care Act in most of my MBA classes. Unfortunately, most medical school curriculums do not address the business of healthcare, and most medical students will be graduating with minimal knowledge about the intricacies of the health care bill. The Affordable Care Act is much more than just a partisan soundbite on the evening news. For medical students, the Affordable Care Act will monumentally affect us as we matriculate to residency and beyond. It is important that medical students understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect their patients and their future healthcare business. The above article highlights an unfortunate deficit occurring in most medical schools around the nation.

Chinelo Ikpeama, MBA
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Student National Medial Association

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