Medical School Continues to Be an Attractive Option for Students

By Catherine Groux
Posted October 25, 2012 11:00 AM

More students are applying to and enrolling in medical school.
More students are applying to and enrolling in medical school.
In 2012, more than 45,000 individuals applied to medical school, marking an increase of 3.1% from 2011, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports. At the same time, the number of first-time applicants and enrollees rose by 3.4% and 1.5%, respectively.

This rise in applicants and enrollees is holding strong across all major racial and ethnic groups. In fact, 2012 saw a record number of African American and Hispanic students applying to and enrolling in medical schools.

Given these increases, medical schools are on track to experience a total enrollment gain of 30% by 2016. These figures are particularly important today, as the nation is expected to face a physician shortage of 90,000 in the next decade.

"Medicine continues to be a very attractive career choice for our nation's best and brightest," said Darrell G. Kirch, AAMC president and CEO. "Given the urgent need our nation has for more doctors to care for our growing and aging population, we are extremely pleased with the continued growth in size and diversity of this year's entering class of medical students."

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