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Medical School Applicants Decline Again

The number of medical school applications dropped 6% in 2001, the fifth straight year of declines, while tuition and fees grew between 8.5% and 13.3%, varying by public or private school and students' resident status, according to a new report. A total of 34,859 would-be doctors applied to the entering class of 2001 at the nation's medical schools, a significant decrease from the nearly 37,000 who applied just one year earlier and a 9.5% drop from 1999's number of applicants, according to the report appearing in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association. Meanwhile, the number of applicants accepted has remained constant at about 17,000. The most recent statistics, for the 2002-2003 school year, will be released in late October by the Association of American Medical Colleges, a spokeswoman said.

I think this refers to allopathic applicants.
 

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toejam--where did you see this? not trying to be a picky biotch--it's just that i would like to show this to my boss. i manage our resident recruitment initiative and i want to defend my numbers...ie, the decrease of students applying to our residencies is not my fault. thanks for your help.
 
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Originally posted by hannacanna
toejam--where did you see this? not trying to be a picky biotch--it's just that i would like to show this to my boss. i manage our resident recruitment initiative and i want to defend my numbers...ie, the decrease of students applying to our residencies is not my fault. thanks for your help.
i dont see how this would affect the number or residents applying. the number of slots for med students has remained pretty steady, high 16K- low 17K, so unless there are less med students precentage wise actually finishing med school, then the number of residency applications overall would stay pretty stable (unless foreign/do/carribean or other factors are influencing this). just my thoughts
 

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DW--good point. i need to find out if the numbers of med students is dropping. and according to this article, it is not. thanks for correcting me and keeping me from looking like an idiot in front of my boss. :)
 

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If the number of applicants was 34,859 and 17,000 were accepted I have some questions:

1. How many people of the 34,859 applicants receive interviews?

2. If roughly fifty percent of the applicants applied receive interviews (I am just using a "guesstimate" here) that would total 17429.5 or about 17430 people. That means that if this were the case then just about everyone interviewed would get accepted somewhere (97.5%). However, I am sure this cannot be the case and I am positive there are problems with my logic. Can you provide insight?
 

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The 34,859 applicants aren't from this past cycle. Those numbers haven't been released yet. I'm pretty sure they're from the year before.
 
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