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Residency Programs Stay Stagnant

Medical School Applications Hit New High

More than 48,000 students applied to U.S. medical schools in 2013, which is an all-time high according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In fact, this figure is up 6% from the previous year. This is good news, says Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the AAMC, because the nation faces a shortage of physicians. In 2013, 14 med schools increased their class sizes by more than 10% and four new medical schools opened their doors. However, while medical school applications are up, residency training programs remain stagnant because Congress capped federal funding back in 1997. Dr. Kirch asked lawmakers to pass legislation to lift the funding caps saying, "If they don’t do it, we could face a serious shortage of physicians across the board.”

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