Medical News & Perspectives
June 25, 2008

US Medical School Enrollment Rising, But Residency Programs Too Limited

JAMA. 2008;299(24):2846. doi:10.1001/jama.299.24.2846

Enrollment in US medical schools is rising considerably, according to a recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). However, the increased enrollment may not head off the looming physician shortage.

First-year enrollment will grow to nearly 19 909 in the 2012 academic year from 16 488 in 2002—an increase of nearly 21%, according to estimates in the annual survey on medical school expansion (

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