I have written previously that the AAMC has called for a 30% increase in medical school enrollment, and more and more articles are appearing that predict a doctor shortage in the United States. Fortunately, the medical schools are trying to address the situation, at least somewhat. According to the AMA, existing medical schools are increasing enrollment and a few new medical schools will open in the coming years. A few highlights:
- "Allopathic medical schools plan to add 1,400 to 2,000 first-year medical students by 2015-16, a 9% to 12% increase over the entering class in 2002-03."
- Osteopathic schools are planning to expand enrollment by 2,000 to 2,500 more students.
- "The AAMC anticipates that five new allopathic schools out of a possible 15 under consideration will likely come to fruition between 2007-08 and 2015-16."
- These increases, while welcome, may not meet the country’s needs for physicians in the coming years.