Attending medical school is globally considered a highly prized achievement, particularly when applicants are competing for a limited number of slots. Although attrition from medical programs is relatively low compared to those of other university courses, a significant number of students leave medical school each year either by choice or by necessity. This departure from medical school has important consequences to the university, society, and medical profession, as well as the medical students themselves.

It is important for a medical school to maintain a low attrition rate because of the difficulty in acquiring a slot in medical school, combined with the high cost of tax-funded medical education. For the medical profession, the dropout rate results in a loss of useful contribution and impacts the organizational planning ...

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