Was talking to a friend about med school recently, and one of the things that stood out to me was the rise in community service as a barrier to admission. With the rising competition for med school spots (and similar things like university admissions) service hours have become a big requirement. I have a classic Robin Hanson take on the issue and I doubt anything would change my mind, but I’m curious to know if there is anyone tracking the benefits/costs of community service requirements.
Seems a bit phony to me idk, what’s your take?
I’m convinced it’s excellent at signaling a willingness to spend time sub-optimally in order to earn limited access -> perfect for residency, but I’m hoping there’s someone sincerely arguing that it has some improvement on patient outcomes.