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News and briefs: Number of medical school applicants on the rise

Residency Program Insider, November 1, 2011

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Nearly 44,000 students applied to medical school in 2011, a 2.8% increase from the previous year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Of those applicants, 32,654 were first-time applicants, representing an all-time high in that category. The number of applicants among most major racial and ethnic groups also increased, by 4.8% for Black/African Americans and 5.8% for Hispanic/Latino.

“We are very pleased that medicine continues to be an attractive career choice at a time when our healthcare system faces many challenges, including a growing need for doctors coupled with a serious physician shortage in the near future,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO.

“At the same time the number of applicants is on the rise, we also are encouraged that the pool of medical school applicants and enrollees continues to be more diverse.  This diversity will be important as these new doctors go out into communities across the country to meet the healthcare needs of all Americans,” Kirch added.

To read more findings from the AAMC, click here.



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