Residency

Despite more medical school enrollments, number of residency positions stable

Residency Program Insider, November 17, 2009

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The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) reports that the number of allopathic medical school enrollments in 2009 increased by 2% to reach 18,390 students, according to an American Medical News article.

Nearly half of the increase in 2009 is the result of four new medical schools that opened. Fifty-seven AAMC-member schools also increased their first-year class sizes by 10%.
Despite these increases, the number of residency slots has not changed.

There are approximately 24,000 positions now, the article states. As health reform moves through Congress, the AAMC says that additional residency training positions are needed to meet increasing demand for physicians.

Read more about the future of the physician workforce by viewing the AAMC’s Physician Workforce Data Book.



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