AAMC calls for increase in medical school enrollment

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    Washington, D.C., February 22, 2005 - Concerned that America may experience a physician shortage in the next few decades, the AAMC today recommended that enrollment in U.S. medical schools be increased 15 percent by 2015. Assuming that schools respond to the AAMC's recommendation, the result would be an increase of about 2,500 M.D. graduates per year.

    "The AAMC's new position responds to mounting evidence that the demand for physicians will outstrip the supply in future years," said AAMC President Jordan J. Cohen, M.D. "Given the extended time it takes to educate and train tomorrow's doctors, efforts to increase enrollment must get underway as soon as possible to assure that the health care needs of the nation in 2015 and beyond are met."

    In calling for the expansion, the AAMC recommended that the increases be targeted, in part, to areas of the country that have seen a rapid rise in population over the past several decades and are expected to grow in the future. The association also recommended the removal of the current restriction on the number of residency and fellowship positions funded by Medicare in order to ensure that the new U.S. medical school graduates can complete the training necessary to practice.

    A survey of medical school expansion plans, conducted by the AAMC's Center for Workforce Studies in late 2004, shows that many of the nation's medical schools have already begun to increase their class sizes. Of the 118 allopathic schools (institutions that grant M.D. degrees) that responded to the survey, 36 (31 percent) indicated that they were "definitely" or "probably" going to boost first-year enrollment over the next several years, which would yield about a four percent increase in M.D.s. Another 23 schools (20 percent) said they would "possibly" increase enrollment over the next six years.

    Several factors were considered in making the recommendation for an increase in medical school capacity, including U.S. population growth, a demand for more medical care by aging Baby Boomers, the retirement of practicing physicians, and younger doctors working fewer hours.
    However, given the inherent uncertainties in predicting future physician workforce needs, the AAMC's Center for Workforce Studies will continue to analyze and monitor changes over time in the physician supply, as well as identify strategies to retain doctors in the workforce and make more effective use of practicing physicians. To help achieve this goal, the AAMC will sponsor the first annual Physician Workforce Research Conference, May 5-6 in Washington, D.C.
     
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      well thats good news for future applicants. It'll probably dilute the stats though. I've noticed a decline in avg MCAT and GPAs at DO schools since they have increased enrollment substantially in the past few years. The trickle down effect will probably hit the offshore schools the most, but on the bright side, more people will get to study medicine in the US! :thumbup:
       

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        exmike said:
        well thats good news for future applicants. It'll probably dilute the stats though. I've noticed a decline in avg MCAT and GPAs at DO schools since they have increased enrollment substantially in the past few years. The trickle down effect will probably hit the offshore schools the most, but on the bright side, more people will get to study medicine in the US! :thumbup:

        As long as we make sure that these new students have residency positions and clinical rotations at the same academic institution, we will never have the problems that some of the new private osteopathic schools are creating.

        Its great that the AMA has taken a progressive stance on this issue, I just wish they would spend more time fighting the trial lawyers, HMOs, and medicare scrooges.
         

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          Fantasy Sports said:
          As long as we make sure that these new students have residency positions and clinical rotations at the same academic institution, we will never have the problems that some of the new private osteopathic schools are creating.

          Its great that the AMA has taken a progressive stance on this issue, I just wish they would spend more time fighting the trial lawyers, HMOs, and medicare scrooges.


          Is there really a residency problem? I was under the impression that every year 24k residency positions are available for the 16k graduates. That doesn't mean everybody gets what they want, just that it seems that there isn't a residency "crunch".
           

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            I don't think there will be a problem with medical schools accepting under-qualified students (or as someone said "dilute stats") when quite a few qualified students that apply each year are not accepted at an allopathic school, or at least the one of their choice.
             
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