From Nature Vol 446, 26 April 2007 pg. 971-972 Check your local libraries or if you have Nature sub. Essentially discusses stagnant NIH funding, argues whether or not there is a doctor shortage and then discusses a few medical school initiatives: UC-Riverside, UofArizona Phoenix, and the Florida system. Some of the people in the piece argue that to solve the problem doctors need to spread out a little bit more (But we like each other so much!). I personally liked the part about there not being enough qualified pre-meds for medical school. I think my fellow SDN members would beg to differ, seeing that quite a few us are qualified but still can't get an acceptance. "...The projects are planned on the basis that they will do research that attracts funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the main US biomedical-research agency. But the NIHs budget, which was doubled from $13 bil- lion to $27 billion by 2003, has since stagnated raising questions about where the funds will come from. Critics also argue that there may not be enough qualified students who will want to enroll at the medical schools. The doubters say that theres little likelihood that the new schools will generate clusters of biotech companies and the associated economic benefits promised by their champions. In short, the critics charge, taxpayers in the cities in question have been hoodwinked into backing expensive white elephants that will weaken the states existing medical schools, leaving medical education and research worse off than they were before." Talking about medical research positions: "...To fill up places, many medical schools in the states in question already draw students from outside the United States and pay their full tuition and stipend costs..."