Is $229,132 in student debt worth it?

This is the question students must answer when they contemplate attending West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine-- an institution where the average indebtedness tops $200k.

Student debt for medical school is quite high. In 2010, the average student debt for medical school (public and private loans) was $145,020, according to U.S. News & World Report. The figure will likely grow after a July 1 change, when med school students will no longer have their federal loans subsidized and will accrue more interest on their debt.

The bright side? Medicine is a career with a fairly high income. Reuters reports that in 2010, primary care physicians located in the eastern U.S. held a median income level of $194,000.

Below is a list of the 10 medical schools where students have the highest average student debt, according to U.S. News. Is med school worth it? Weigh in below.

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  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Annual Indebtedness: $229,132 Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150203461505108&set=a.10150203454175108.314776.61848160107&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">WVSOM Facebook</a>

  • University of New England (ME)

    $213,088 Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=230529417539&set=a.437236122539.236894.230525707539&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">UNM College of Osteopathic Medicine</a>

  • Drexel University College of Medicine (PA)

    $205,863 Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:QueenLaneCampus.jpg" target="_hplink"> Pinoy916</a>

  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (DC)

    $205,000 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GWU_bust.jpg" target="_hplink">Estoymuybueno</a>

  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (CA)

    $203,430 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Health_Education_Center_at_Western_University_of_Health_Sciences.jpeg" target="_hplink">Rytyho usa</a>

  • Tufts University School of Medicine (MA)

    $202,845 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arnold_Wing,_Tufts_University_School_of_Medicine,_Boston_MA.jpg" target="_hplink">John Phelan</a>

  • Temple University School of Medicine (PA)

    $201,564 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_SOM_ext1.jpg" target="_hplink">V. Desai</a>

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine (DC)

    $194,750 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Georgetownuniversityhospital.JPG" target="_hplink">Pdw22</a>

  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (FL)

    $191,631 Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HPDatnsu.jpg" target="_hplink">Dgreco</a>

  • Creighton University School of Medicine (NE)

    $191,419 Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=162221987139720&set=a.162221983806387.38142.162214967140422&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Creighton Facebook</a>