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Getting easier to get in to med school

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jim Picotte, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. Jim Picotte

    Jim Picotte Senior Member
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  3. poloace

    poloace Senior Member
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    very cool link-
    gives me hope... thanks dude
  4. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member
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    I wish the number of applicants dropped to 29k as in 1990
  5. wolferman

    wolferman Member?
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    Resident [Any Field]
    Here's a similar article by USA Today. Enjoy....

    Fewer students seeking careers in medicine (USA TODAY )
    September 9, 2002
    By Dan Vergano

    Medical school applications have fallen for a fifth straight year -- a sign
    that the profession has lost its appeal to some -- but educators remain
    confident that the quality and number of would-be doctors will meet the need
    for physicians in the USA.

    Last year's 34,859 applicants to the nation's 125 accredited medical schools
    still represents about two students for every opening. But being a doctor
    may no longer look like a solid-gold career choice to quite as many
    students. In the current Journal of the American Medical Association,
    Barbara Barzansky and Sylvia Etzel of the American Medical Association
    describe the continuing drop in applications, down from a high of 46,968 in

    "There is a lot of concern about the status of medicine, the lack of
    autonomy, regulation and litigation" as reasons that discourage applicants,
    Barzansky says. Despite the drop, test scores and grades remain high among
    those who enter medical school, she says.

    A long-term increase in women and minority students continues at medical
    schools, although applications from Asian and Hispanic students fell
    noticeably last year, about 13% and 8% respectively. Of last year's
    applicants, about 35% belong to a minority racial or ethnic group, a big
    jump from 9% in 1971. About 48% of medical school students are women, up
    from 14% in 1971.

    "The quality of applicant remains high, but I know that lifestyle issues for
    doctors and medical students need to be addressed," says Eric Hodgson,
    president of the American Medical Students Association.

    Long hours, increasing paperwork and insurance costs are driving more
    students away from the demanding general surgery and obstetrics specialties
    and into less time-demanding specialties such as dermatology, he says.
    Tuition costs also remain a concern, with the average debt for medical
    students nearing $ 100,000.

    In June, the accrediting council for medical schools approved limits of 80
    hours a week for resident duty. However, a separate AMA report that
    accompanies Barzansky's notes that resident hours have stayed about 56 hours
    a week in the past two years.

    Despite the decline in med school applications, some experts see a
    turnaround on the horizon.

    "The decline in applicant numbers may have bottomed out with the 2002
    entering class," says Jordan Cohen, head of the American Association of
    Medical Colleges. The number of students taking Medical College Admission
    Tests is up over last year, he says. Cohen's group will report the applicant
    count for 2002 in late October.

    Furthermore, economic downturns like the current one have driven up
    applications in the past, as law and business careers lose luster, Barzansky
    says. The big concern in any application drop, she says, may be the loss of
    minority students needed as faculty for the next generation of physicians.
  6. Nefertari

    Nefertari Undercover Premed
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    Since most schools give out more acceptances than the actual class size (i.e. b/c of apps turning down acceptances to go to another school), wouldn't it be greater than a 50% chance?

    So let's say @ 34K apps & 17K spots, between decent apps receiving multiple acceptances & schools overaccepting, it seems to be a 50% OR GREATER chance of acceptance. (Unless, of course, an app receives no acceptances at all.) I haven't taken statistics yet, so if I'm not thinking straight, please feel free to correct me, any statisticians out there . . . .
  7. ocean11

    ocean11 Senior Member
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    You guys are awsome, thanx for the posts :clap:
  8. Random Access

    Random Access 1K Member
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    I wonder how the economy affects the number of med school applicants. It's not like law school or b-school where all the people who can't get jobs or got laid off are applying.

    Also, I wonder what made apps go up until 1997...

  9. Jumpu

    Jumpu Tiger Mom/Physiatrist
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    May 6, 2002
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    Attending Physician
    It was most likely the booming stock market/economy...

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