Do you think today’s physicians can be trained in three years instead of four? There are advocates in both camps. Opponents would say that to shorten medical education is to shortchange the training necessary for competent physicians. Supporters would cite the benefits of accelerated pathways, including individualized training, competency based education, the option to reduce escalating student debt and the opportunity to align education to societal needs. Many accelerated programs, such as FMAT (Family Medicine Accelerated Track) at Texas Tech, focus on training primary care physicians in underserved areas.