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Medical school applications increase during pandemic

Residency Program Insider, December 10, 2020

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According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of medical school applicants has increased 18% over last year, which is believed to be inspired in part by the example set by medical workers and public health figures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts liken the jump in applications to the increase in the number of people who enlisted into the military after 9/11. Medical schools are calling it the Fauci Effect, after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.   

For example, Boston University School of Medicine has received an increase of 27% in applications and Stanford University School of Medicine has received 50% more applications this year.

Admissions officials also say that prospective medical students have more free time during the pandemic to complete the application process.

Source: NPR
 



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