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Medical schools expect 30% enrollment increase by 2017

May 2, 2013

First-year medical school enrollment is projected to reach 21,434 in 2017-2018, a 30% increase from 2002-2003, according to a report released today by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Center for Workforce Studies. Based on the association’s latest annual survey of medical school deans, 62% of the growth is expected to occur at the 125 medical schools accredited as of 2002, and the rest from new schools or those seeking accreditation. About 40% of survey respondents expressed “major concern” about enrollment growth outpacing growth in residency training positions, also known as graduate medical education.