A new report out last week from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced that the number of first-time medical school applicants had reached an all-time high. In 2011, the numbers increased by 2.6 percent over last year to more than 32,600 students. Total applicants rose by 2.8 percent to nearly 44,000, with gains across most major racial and ethnic groups for a second year in a row.
“At the same time the number of applicants is on the rise, we also are encouraged that the pool of medical school applicants and enrollees continues to be more diverse,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO. “This diversity will be important as these new doctors go out into communities across the country to meet the health care needs of all Americans.”
Even with these higher numbers, applicants were well qualified - an average GPA of 3.5 and an MCAT score of 29. Enrollment increased by three percent, with more than 19,200 students in the 2011 entering class. The number of new medical students has been growing steadily since 2001, when medical schools reported more than 16,300 first-year students.
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