Archive for Tuesday, January 21, 1992


January 21, 1992


Periodic stories about medical people who make educational commitments and then renege on meeting them make us wonder why somebody doesn't devise contracts to prevent such fraud.

Take the case of the medical student who signs an agreement to practice after graduation in a given area for a certain amount of time, then fails to do so because he or she finds greener pastures. Why should there be any choice?

Why can't the financial scholarship contract dictate that if the graduate goes somewhere else, action will be taken, at least attachment of fees and salaries until, with a good penalty, the scholarship is paid off.

One of the major scandals of education in the past decade or so has been the failure of devious and crooked people to pay off educational loans after the loans were made in good faith with full understanding of the stipulations. Then there are the medical students who not only get financial help but say they will practice in a medically underserved area for several years. If they cannot be forced to meet that commitment, at least they should have their funds taken in compensation.

It is difficult to believe some kind of a binding contract cannot be worked out to alleviate this brand of dishonesty.

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