Residency

Survey: Medical school deans concerned about the availability of residency positions

Residency Program Insider, May 18, 2018

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Since 2002, first-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools has increased 29% but a survey of medical school administrators finds that many are worried the number of available residency positions is not keeping up with that growth.

The survey, conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), found that 44% of medical school deans reported concerns about their own incoming students’ ability to find residency of their choice after graduation. Furthermore, 64% expressed concerns about the availability of residency slots in their own state. Seventy-eight percent were also concerned about residency availability nationwide.

In 2006, the AAMC recommended a 30% increase in first-year medical school enrollment by the 2015-2016 academic year to meet the projected physician shortage. It predicts that 30% increase goal with be attained by the 2018-2019 academic year and exceeded in later years.

Source: AAMC



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