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More medical students than ever

Residency Program Insider, November 1, 2013

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Medical school applications and enrollments reached record highs in 2013, making the need for additional residency positions even more acute, say officials from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The association, which represents medical colleges and teaching hospitals, recently reported a record number of medical school applications and enrollments.

This year, 48,014 students applied to medical school, breaking a record previously set in 1996, according to the AAMC’s data. Of the total number of applicants, 35,727 were first-time applicants and 20,055 enrolled in medical school.

The AAMC attributes increased enrollment to new medical schools opening and existing schools expanding enrollment in response to an expected physician shortage. (The AAMC’s data doesn’t include osteopathic medical schools.) 

However, unless Congress expands funding for residency training, there will still be physician shortages in several specialties, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, said in a statement posted on the association’s website.

“Now Congress needs to do its part and act without delay to expand residency training to ensure that everyone who needs a doctor has access to one,” Kirch said.



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