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Record-Breaking Medical School Enrollment

Posted by medliorator on October 27, 2008

First-year enrollment at the nation’s medical schools this year increased nearly 2 percent over 2007, to more than 18,000 students—the highest enrollment in history.

The three medical schools that have just established—or are planning to establish—branch campuses were responsible for most of the enrollment increase (Mercer University School of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and University of Arizona College of Medicine).

After a five-year increase in applicants to medical schools, the number of applicants leveled off this year at more than 42,200. While the overall applicant pool is one of the largest in more than a decade, the number of first-time applicants decreased by 3 percent. On average, there were more than 2 applicants for every available opening at a medical school.

Medical Schools Increase Enrollment to Meet Physician Demand [AAMC]


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