A couple years ago one of Wisconsin's two medical school opened a branch campus not far from where I live. My neighbor is the dean, I'm her son's boy scout leader and our sons play sports together.
The new program is three years, rather than the typical four years. She explained to me that medical school tuition is paid by the year, not credit hour. The idea behind the three year medical school is to reduce a physician's investment (and student debt) so that more can afford to go into primary care.
I find it ironic that the medical field is seeking ways of streemlining and lowering to cost of medical education, while nursing, the traditional alternative for lower cost primary care providers (NPs), is busy INCREASING the student financial and time investment of NP education by converting to the DNP.
We are shooting ourselves in the foot, and for what? Degree envy.