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Special Communication
September 5, 2001

Educational Programs in US Medical Schools, 2000-2001

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education Policy and Standards, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1049-1055. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1049

We used data from the 2000-2001 Liaison Committee on Medical Education Annual Medical School Questionnaire, which had a 100% response rate, and other sources to describe the status of medical education programs in the United States. In 2000-2001, the number of full-time medical school faculty members was 103 553, a 1.1% increase from 1999-2000. The 37 092 applicants for the class entering in 2000 represented a 3.7% decrease from the number of applicants in 1999. The majority of medical schools (58%) were in the process of major curriculum review and change during 2000-2001. In 72 schools (58%), students were required to pass both Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations to advance or graduate. The availability of patients to participate in clinical teaching during 2000-2001 decreased in almost half of schools compared with 1999-2000. Many schools reported difficulty in recruiting or retaining volunteer faculty members to provide clinical education in the community. Forty medical schools provided monetary payment to some or all community volunteer faculty members.