Advocacy Briefs: U.S. Medical School Enrollment up 2.2%.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), first-year enrollment in U.S. allopathic medical schools edged up slightly—by 2.2%—in 2006 for the second straight year, reaching an all-time high of 17,340. The AAMC, which represents all of the nation’s 125 accredited medical schools, has called for a 30% increase in medical school enrollment by 2015. Twenty-eight medical schools boosted first-year enrollment by 5% this fall. At Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, the number of freshman increased 36.3% (from 80 to 109) in 2005. At Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, freshman enrollment was up 24.7% (from 73 to 91) in 2005. Total medical school applicants rose almost 5% to 39,109.
The data also show an increase in medical student diversity. The number of Mexican American and Puerto Rican applicants increased by more than 8% and 6%, respectively. The number of African-American applicants rose by 9%, and the number of African-American enrollees rose to 1,100 (an increase of 8%). Men comprise the majority of medical school applicants and enrollees for the second year in a row. This year, there were 19,812 male applicants compared to 19,297 female applicants, and 8,924 new male first-year enrollees compared to 8,446 new female first-year enrollees.
For details, download the AAMC data here.
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