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First-Year Medical School Enrollment to Climb to 21,434 by 2017


 

Estimated number of first-year medical school enrollees in 2017, a 30% increase from 2002, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.5 Sixty-two percent of this growth will take place at the 125 medical schools that have been accredited for a decade or more. Forty percent of surveyed medical-school deans expressed “major concerns” about enrollment growth outpacing the growth in residency-training positions for the graduates of medical schools.


Larry Beresford is a freelance writer in Oakland, Calif.

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