The AAMC announced last week:
An annual survey on medical school expansion, conducted by the AAMC, indicates that first-year enrollment in U.S. medical schools is estimated to grow 21 percent (3,400 students per year) by 2012 to 19,900 students.
According to survey results, more than 86 percent of existing schools have already expanded the number of first-year students or plan to do so within the next five years. In addition, nine new medical schools are under development or discussion, according to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits medical education programs leading to an M.D. degree. The AAMC estimates that almost 800 first-year students will attend these new schools in the academic year 2012-13, based on future enrollment figures. The results of this survey were presented on Thursday at the opening of the 2008 AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference. The latest issue of AAMC Analysis in Brief also examines some of the results from this survey: