We are talking about students here. I didn't say fully qualified doctors. Even qualified doctors in the first year or two make a take home pay of around $50-60K.
By the way, 2 hours (maybe 3) is time enough to write a 1000 word piece given that the writer will be familiar with the writing style. As I say, 1 hour to to do the research (often times research is already there and doesn't require too much sorting). These are on familiar topics and a trained medical student will be able to quickly pick up on what the paper is concluding. We are not taking about someone doing an extensive research paper from scratch; they are writing on known topics where the studies have already been done. The research is already done and they just need to draw conclusions out of them. Once you have a plan set out and you write regularly, its amazing how quickly you can write and analyze something.
Any time someone mentions in a thread about writers' pay, there is always someone who would quickly denounce it as nothing short of travesty, in order to win browny points. We are talking about $40-$50 an hour here. I would say that is very good pay for any student, irrespective of field they are in.
I have a friend who is a writer for a well known TV company and he makes $30-40 an hour.Don't let the really big earners in any industry skew your thinking that everyone earns the same. Otherwise we would all be millionaires. Just because writers on hit TV shows earn 10s or even hundreds of thousands per episode doesn't mean the rest do (and we know showbusiness/sports are industries where they have a different reality to the rest of us). Even those making the big bucks would have started out small before their show hit the big time.