According to the ACP: Increases in medical school enrollment are likely to almost meet the 30% target set by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2006, according to new projections.
According to a survey conducted by the AAMC’s Center for Workforce Studies, first-year medical school enrollment is projected to reach 21,376 in the school year 2016-2017, a 29.6% increase over enrollment in 2002-2003, just short of the 30% increase by 2015 that the AAMC had called for.
Most of that growth (58%) will occur in the 125 schools that were already accredited in 2002. Schools that have been accredited since then will provide 25% of the increase, and the remainder (17%) will come from schools that are currently in applicant or candidate status with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. More than half (56%) of the enrollment growth has already occurred, with 2,850 of the 4,888 slots available by 2011. Read the full story