Students are applying to medical school in greater numbers, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The AAMC, the not-for-profit association that represents all 133 accredited U.S. medical  schools, revealed that the total number of first-time applicants to medical school increased by  2.5% over the 2009 total.

“The growth in first-time applicants demonstrates that medicine is still a compelling career  choice for many individuals,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO. “A strong and robust applicant pool is essential for medical schools to continue to expand enrollment and work to address the nation’s physician shortages.”