Students of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine finally received their degrees, but these doctors are facing one of the toughest challenges that medical school couldn't tackle in books or tests: the rising cost of health care.
"With reimbursements decreasing and the amounts of liability insurance increasing, it gets harder to practice with those rising costs. More physicians are leaving their practices because of that," Dr. Carol Monson, D.O. MI Osteopathic Medicine Association.
It's the same reason almost 40 surgeons in West Virginia walked off their jobs earlier this year, leaving patients wondering where to go for medical treatment. But according to many of the graduates, it's an issue they've been monitoring and are hoping for the best. In the end, they just want to be able to serve when duty calls.
"I like to see the look on someone's face when I help them solve a personal or a medical problem, that's what I get out of medicine," Dr. Eric Hawkins, D.O., Recent Graduate.
"Yes, the money is a concern because we have huge student loans, but in the end, I think it will work out and I'm going to be doing what I love, " Dr. Mia Wmberly, D.O. Recent Graduate.
But the optimism remains, not just among the graduates, but among current physicians.
"Patients will see improvements in the amount of care, and hopefully we'll come to a happy median, " Dr. Steven Pitt, D.O.
While they hope for a solution to the problem, these graduates say they handled the challenges, of medical school, and they can tackle whatever comes next.