The results are in – first-year enrollment at medical schools in the United States has jumped by more than 25 percent from 2002, according to findings published by the Association of American Medical Colleges in the Results of the 2015 School Enrollment Survey report.
“Our nation’s medical schools have stepped up tomeet the challenge the AAMC put before them in 2006,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. “They understand the integral role they play in meeting the future health workforce needs of this country which, according to our latest data, will now require up to an additional 94,700 physicians by 2025.”
The report also projects that this number will increase to 30% by 2017, which is the goal the AAMC put before medical schools across the country over 10 years ago. The AAMC’s report highlighted another important topic within the medical education space – diversity among the student body. The survey, which asked schools to respond to whether or not there were specific admissions programs or policies designed to recruit a diverse student body interested in caring for underserve populations, 84 percent indicated that it was in their plans.
“Eighty-three percent of schools that responded to the survey indicated that they have or plan to have specific admission programs or policies to recruit minority groups currently underrepresented in medicine, and the majority of schools have or plan to have programs or policies to recruit students from other groups,” the report indicated.
To read about the other findings from the report, visit members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/2015_Enrollment_Report.pdf.