First-year enrollment in U.S. medical schools edged up slightly -- by 2.2% -- in 2006 for the second straight year, reaching an all-time high of 17,340, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The increase is a small step toward a long-term resolution of an expected future shortage of physicians, AAMC President Darrell Kirch said. The AAMC, which represents all of the nations 125 accredited medical schools, has called for a 30% increase in medical school enrollment by 2015. We see this as the first wave of response by our countrys medical schools about the looming doctor shortage, Kirch said. Twenty-eight medical schools boosted first-year enrollment by 5% this fall. At Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, the number of freshman soared 36.3% to 109 from 80 in 2005. At Brown Medical School, Providence, R.I., freshman enrollment was up 24.7% to 91 from 73 in 2005. Kirch said the AAMC data also showed greater student diversity -- for example, the number of medical school freshmen identified as black increased about 8%. Total medical school applicants rose almost 5% to 39,109. Download the AAMC data. -- by Michael Romano
U.S. med school enrollment up 2.2%
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