Medicine: Unexpected Dip

Fewer apply to med school

"I wanted for a very long time to I become a doctor," says Michael Weber. "It was my goal when I was very young." But after only two quarters in the pre-med program at Ohio State University, Weber, 20, discouraged by the emphasis on specialization, the hard work and the prospect of more of the same for years to come, switched to the humanities. Weber is just one of a growing number of would-be physicians who are voluntarily dropping out of the medical school admissions sweepstakes. This year the...

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