I would rather have a Doctor that cannot even read, but has worked as a technician/laborer in a medical institution for decades than one who spent just the eight years reading and passing tests with no real life experience. In my experience that goes a lot further than all the "Book Smarts" in the world. To put it in focus, in the average hospital there is just a handful of "Nurses" that do all the real work of deciding treatments and tests and such to help people get better. The Doctors may know more on specific subjects, but if it is an uncommon condition that the patient has, a competent Nurse with a decade experience is hundreds of times more likely to recognize the signs that a Doctor that spent a decade reading, doing tests, and walking around in a daze while the Nurses do the work. I know that sounds critical of Doctors. But it is more that I respect experience. And people often do not recognize that the experience a competent Nurse has can easily be much better than all the experience a newly minted Doctor has.