The number of applicants to U.S. medical schools for the 2002-03 school year fell for the sixth straight year, to 33,625, a 3.5% decrease, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since the 1996-1997 school year, when applications reached a high of about 47,000, the number of applicants has dropped 28%. JAMA used information compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges. -- by Michael Romano
Medical school applicants declined again last year
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