Oh, and physicians are making less and less every year. Isn't that awesome? Even the ones who needed 12 years of training, are on call three nights a week and get woken up in the middle of the night to make life and death decisions. Why would we expect those people to be well paid?
But hey, it's worth it because everyone likes doctors. Or they did 50 years ago. Speaking of which, if you're smart enough to be in the top 10 percent of your organic chemistry class you're probably smart enough to invent a time machine and go to a period where doctors were both respected and compensated. And in the meantime, you get to spend four years undergrad and four years post grad taking incredibly hard exams with a bunch of people who also want to be doctors. And what's more fun than spending all your time with people good at science?