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Results of the 2016 Medical School Enrollment Survey

Results of the 2016 Medical School Enrollment Survey


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Based on the 13th annual AAMC Survey of Medical School Enrollment Plans, this report projects first-year medical school enrollment through 2025 and delivers valuable insights for researchers, policymakers, and the academic medicine community.
Download the full report for details about key findings:
  • Medical school enrollment has grown 28% since 2002–2003, and is projected to achieve 30% growth (compared to 2002-03) by 2017–2018.
  • Most schools are concerned about the availability of graduate medical education opportunities at the state (62%) and national (80%) levels.
  • The number of schools reporting competition for clinical training sites from DO-granting schools and other health care professional programs has more than doubled since 2009.
  • Most schools (96%) are dedicated to increasing diversity in their student body through targeted policies and programs.
  • Enrollment at DO-granting schools continues to accelerate.
Access to this report and related data enables thought leaders in academic medicine to drive impactful conversations around issues affecting health care. Among the most significant, 2002 data projected a significant shortage in doctors, prompting the AAMC to recommend a 30% increase in U.S. medical school enrollment. This recommendation led to significant efforts from the nation’s medical schools to increase enrollment and meet the challenge of an impending physician shortage.