Boom Amid Bust: Med Schools Grow As Economy Tanks reports that in response to an anticipated doctor shortage, medical schools are increasing enrollment and expanding their programs. In addition, new schools are sprouting across the country. According to the president-elect of the American Medical Association, Dr. J. James Rohack, the reason is simple: “Americans are living longer and there are more of them. It’s clear that the demographics of American society point to the need of having and expanding a well-educated medical work force.”
The AAMC has said that if current supply and demand trends continue, by 2025 the United States will have about 750,000 doctors – 159,000 short of the projected need. Therefore, the AAMC has called for increased recruiting, particularly amongst minorities.
A few developments reported in the article:
- The number of medical school applicants rose by 21.4%, from 34,786 in 2003 to 42,231 in 2008.
- Oakland University in Rochester and William Beaumont Hospital are collaborating to open a new medical school in 2010.
- Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, Florida International University, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and Texas Tech University will welcome their first class of medical students this year.