Applications to the nation's allopathic medical schools fell for the first time since 1988, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges' recently released 1998 Data Book. The data offered here provide a statistical glimpse into the state of U.S. medical training and student career preferences.
Starting at the lower left, the graphs track the number of medical school applicants and graduates, the indebtedness of graduates, sources of funding for medical schools and medical school admissions test scores.
Despite claims that private practice is dead, 36% of graduating seniors plan on practicing in a private group with three or more physicians, and only a little more than 2% plan on working in a staff-model HMO.
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