Although the announcement focused on increased medical school enrollment, the increase in applicants outstripped the increase in enrollment. AAMC released the following summary announcement over the weekend:
The number of U. S. medical students rose significantly for the second year
in a row, according to new AAMC data released last week. Enrollees in the
2006-07 entering class totaled almost 17,400, a 2.2 percent increase over
last year. The number of medical school applicants also increased, for the
fourth consecutive year. More than 39,000 individuals applied to attend
medical school this fall, a 4.6 percent increase from the previous year.
Analysis of the 2006 applicant data also shows continued gains in medical
student diversity. Applications from Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans rose
by more than eight and six percent, respectively. The number of accepted
black applicants increased by almost nine percent, and the number of black
enrollees rose by eight percent, to more than 1,100.