Originally Posted by Jason K
Most schools do have some form of assistance - the problem is not a lack of help on the schools' part; it's that there aren't enough private practice opportunities to help even a small fraction of their students. You can't make gold out of thin air and you can't manufacture private practice associateships in practices that can't afford one. Most private ODs right now cannot afford to hire a FT OD to build their practice, even if the potential were there. That's where the oversupply comes in. Too many docs, not enough patients. The schools can't help the very problem they're feeding by helping a few lucky souls find the diamonds in the rough.
When I was talking to SCCO's financial aid lady, I was asking what happens if students default on a loan and she said in her 40 years no one has ever defaulted...so I'm wondering how is it that with 200k loans and the lacking job prospects, no one has ever NOT been able to pay back their loans?