by Hifumi Okunuki (Shingetsu News Agency)
Medical professionals, even doctors themselves, often accept this anachronistic apprenticeship system as a necessary evil or as shikataganai (unavoidable). This recalls how many in the medical profession readily accepted the inevitability of robbing young women of their spots in medical school while practicing some grotesque form of affirmative action favoring men with lower scores.
This self-stifling cave by the medical community disappointed those of us still outraged at the score-manipulating scam. Students cheating on their exams are summarily expelled, but the universities themselves can cheat with impunity. Yet, we hear the same apologetics and shikataganai-ing. How can one’s sense of justice become so dull?
It is no exaggeration to say that new doctors have the power of life and death and the same legal responsibility towards her patients. Yet some don’t get paid.