A Snapshot of Current US Medical School Off-Ramp Programs—a Way to Leave Medical School with Another Degree

Richard V.V. Stringham, Jodi Whitlock, Norma Perez, Nicole J. Borges, Ruth E. Levine

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Abstract

Although most students finish medical school, those who do not frequently have no obvious programmatic alternatives. In recent years, a growing number of medical schools have been developing “off-ramp” programs to help such learners. We surveyed 12 medical schools with off-ramp programs to understand their characteristics and challenges. Differences existed between programs but most were deemed helpful to the students and institutions they served. Advantages included the opportunity to acknowledge the students’ hard work, increase career opportunities, and reduce debt. Understanding and promoting such programs will assist students for whom medical school does not represent the optimal career path.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Science Educator
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Alternatives
  • Debt
  • Failing
  • Off-ramp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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