@Jacqueline Colognesi@twitter I totally agree! There are certain programs like that, like the National Health Service Corps for working in underserved populations. I don't know much more about how it works though, and it isn't specifically family medicine oriented.
@BreezyK It baffles me that residency programs and med schools don't pay for interview costs. Like, my humanities grad program has no money, and we still pay to fly and house students for a visit. And med schools have all the money!
@ellabella The costs of med school are a problem, though, for the influence student loans have on the types of specialties people pursue. Primary care is paid much less than sub-specialties with lots of procedures (cardiology and GI being two money makers), but what we really need are more people to enter family medicine. Outcomes are much better for patients with a family doctor who oversees their care, but with $200,000+ in student loans no one wants to enter family medicine. It is only one of the many problems in the American health care system that results in the US paying twice as much for health care with much worse outcomes than any other similarly developed country. Anyway: good luck with your applications!
@stuffisthings I love the idea of someone recognizing him from that vest. I identified a commenter on The Hairpin recently due to her description of her job and location, so such things can happen. "Dude, do you write for the Billfold? I swear I saw your sweater vest on there..."
@laluchita I totally agree on tissues and toilet paper, but Costco's plastic wrap is the best. Kirkland champagne, on the other hand, is not worth it.
@ellabella Being able to pay for private liberal arts tuition aside, everything you described is a traditionally middle class marker. (Is anything more middle class than suburbia?) I agree that when they are out of reach of people with middle incomes, it is a massive problem, and one that is occurring in the US. But middle income and middle class are not the same. What you're describing - access to quality education, a living wage and work with dignity, ability to afford to buy a home - are basic human rights (or in the case of owning a home, an extension of a human right to decent housing). They shouldn't be out of reach of the middle class (or anyone, but that is entirely a different conversation).
@newyorkscutestreporter Also, I don't want to sound like a jerk, saying that this rich person is uncomfortable at the country club - this rich person seems lovely, and joining the club for business/networking reasons (are you in Dallas? Dallas is a weird place socially) is different to joining it for hanging out with your friends. I think the spaces in which we feel comfortable actually are a good class indicator. I can ski, and I feel comfortable in Vail, but I imagine I would feel uncomfortable in Gstaad, which is why I don't feel upper class. Is lower upper class a better term than upper middle class? Is professional class better? Is the distinction between Gstaad and Vail irrelevant? I don't know.
@Hayley Judd@twitter Yeah, I did mean more cultural class indicators and where one feels comfortable. I think its super interesting that this rich person feels somewhat uncomfortable at the country club - having enough money to join and having the cultural capital to feel like you belong there are two different things, and that difference interests me. And maybe I'm in denial about what class is in the US (where I live), but I think there is a difference between me and people I know who live off investments (or could). So, more ask a rich person interviews with old money and trust fund kids, please! Or just watch Rich Dicks segments on Kroll Show.
@ellabella I consider my upbringing upper middle class because it was highly middle class in the traditional sense, compared to what the upper class is like. Money and class aren't the same thing, as is often assumed in the US. So yes, in the sense of having money, I grew up rich. I've never worried about not having enough money for basically anything - I'm incredibly privileged. In the sense of being encouraged to work hard and get an education and not rely on a trust fund - middle class values. But I'm not American, so I think that makes a difference in how I see class.
@That_Rich_Person Embrace having someone else clean your house! You're a job creator!