The table seems to show the opposite.When the economy improves
Exactly. Plus most applicants are in their early 20's and haven't been directly affected by the state of the economy (e.g. laid off). For non-trads, it's obviously a different story. The prospect of job security definitely factored in to my decision to pursue a career as a physician (as well as a plethora of other things). But I'm guessing the relatively young age and lack of independence of the average applicant is why there doesn't seem to be a correlation between the economy and the number of medical school applicants.Doubt it. It's not like the economy has an inverse trend with that table.
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But the increase in apps are significantly outpacing the number of seatsThe # of seats have also been increasing:
(plugged this in quickly from here: https://www.aamc.org/data/facts/applicantmatriculant/)