Med­i­cal school en­roll­ment on pace, AAMC poll says

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A sur­vey from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges pre­dicts that by 2016, first-year en­roll­ment in U.S. med­i­cal schools will nearly match the 30% in­crease in en­roll­ment that the as­so­ci­a­tion called for in 2006 to ad­dress a loom­ing physi­cian short­age. AAMC Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. Dar­rell Kirch lauded the ef­forts of med­i­cal schools in in­creas­ing en­roll­ment but said more work is needed: “This won’t amount to a sin­gle new doc­tor in prac­tice with­out an ex­pan­sion of res­i­dency po­si­tions,” he said in a news re­lease. Ac­cord­ing to the AAMC’S 2011 Med­i­cal School En­roll­ment Sur­vey, first-year med­i­cal school en­roll­ment will record a gain of 29.6% in the 14-year pe­riod from the 2002-03 school year to the 2016-17 school year. That in­crease would bring the en­roll­ment to­tal to 21,376—slightly un­der the 30% in­crease the AAMC had hoped to see by 2015. The AAMC es­ti­mates a short­age of 90,000 pri­mary-care and spe­cialty physi­cians by 2020. The or­ga­ni­za­tion sur­veyed deans from 134 U.S. med­i­cal schools, with a 95% re­sponse rate. Es­tab­lished schools will record most of the first-year en­roll­ment growth, the AAMC pre­dicts, with 58% of the growth com­ing from the 125 schools ac­cred­ited as of 2002. New schools ac­cred­ited af­ter 2002 will ac­count for 25% of the growth, ac­cord­ing to the AAMC. The rest, 17%, will come from the schools in the process of ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

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