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="" target="_hplink">WVSOM Facebook</a>

  • University of New England (ME)

    $213,088 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">UNM College of Osteopathic Medicine</a>

  • Drexel University College of Medicine (PA)

    $205,863 Photo Credit:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Pinoy916</a>

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

    $205,000 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Estoymuybueno</a>

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

    $203,430 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Rytyho usa</a>

  • Tufts University School of Medicine (MA)

    $202,845 Photo Credit: <a href=",_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="" target="_hplink">V. Desai</a>

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine (DC)

    $194,750 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Pdw22</a>

  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (FL)

    $191,631 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Dgreco</a>

  • Creighton University School of Medicine (NE)

    $191,419 Photo Credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Creighton Facebook</a>