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U.S. Medical School Enrollment Up Nearly 30% Since 2002

Physicians are under increasing pressure to maximize clinical productivity, and researchers struggle for limited and highly competitive grants. (Photo: West LA Medical Group)

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) published Results of the 2017 Medical School Enrollment Survey, a report on its annual survey of U.S. medical school deans.

The survey found:

  • First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools increased by 29% since 2002.
  • Medical school deans are concerned about the availability of medical residency positions: 64% of respondents expressed concern about the availability of residency slots in their own state, and 78% expressed concern about the availability nationally.
  • 54% of medical schools reported experiencing competition for clinical training sites from other health care professional programs, a substantial increase from around one-quarter of respondents in 2009.
  • Nearly all respondents (99%) indicated they had or were planning programs or policies designed to recruit a diverse student body, up from 84% in 2015.

The report is available to download and read, as is a new AAMC Analysis in Brief that examines select findings from the report in greater detail.

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