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JADA paper establishes corollary between debt, employment

In an article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers from the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and the ADA’s Health Policy Institute find that fourth-year dental school students with high levels of educational debt are more likely to express an interest in choosing to go into private practice compared to other career paths. However, the magnitude of the debt effect on career choices is relatively small compared to the influence of other variables such as sex, race and whether a parent is a dentist. Characteristics of dental students may be a more accurate predictor of career choices than educational debt levels. Read Educational Debt and Intended Employment Choice among Dental School Seniors.

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