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Should medical school last just 3 years?

The New York Times, October 25, 2013

Sandwiched between three mind-numbing years of basic science courses and hospital rotations and the lockdown years of residency training, the fourth year of medical school has long been a welcome respite for future doctors. It is the only time in their medical education when students have few requirements and a plethora of elective course offerings – and the time to go on vacation and spend time with friends and family. "Do it now," a mentor said as I was about to start my last year, "because you may never get the chance again."