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Medical schools concerned that graduates won't find residency positions

Residency Program Insider, September 9, 2020

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Medical school enrollment has increased by one-third since 2002 but school leaders are concerned that residency programs have not expanded at the same pace, according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The AAMC surveyed 154 medical schools last November and found that 44% reported "moderate" or "major" concerns about whether their incoming students would find residency positions after graduation. In the 2020 Main Residency Match, more than 40,000 MD and DO graduates applied for 37,256 positions. 

In 2006, the AAMC recommended an increase in first-year medical school enrollments to meet its projections of a growing physician shortage. That enrollment goal was met during the 2018-2019 academic year, which saw more than 21,600 first-year matriculants. Nearly 22,000 students matriculated into medical school for the 2019-20 academic year.

Source: AAMC



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