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First-year medical school enrollment growing

Residency Program Insider, June 9, 2017

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The number of first-year students enrolled at Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited medical schools has increased 28% from the 2002–2003 academic year, according to a survey of medical school deans conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). During that year, there were nearly 16,500 first-year students enrolled in medical schools. The AAMC recommended a 30% increase in the number of first-year enrollment by the 2015-2016 academic year due to concerns with a potential physician shortage. Although that goal was not met, enrollment numbers are expected to reach that level by the 2017-2018 academic year, based on the latest survey results.

Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents also reported concerns with the availability of GME opportunities for their students after medical school. Sixty-two percent were concerned about GME opportunities in their state and 80% were concerned about opportunities at the national level.

Source: AAMC



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