December 1999 Bulletin

Medical school applicants down for third year

The applicant pool for medical schools in the United States declined for the third straight year to 38,534, a drop of 6 percent, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The AAMC believes the factors contributing to the decline in medical school applicants include: the strong economy and the increasing variety of exciting and intellectually challenging professional opportunities outside "traditional" career choices; the natural ebb and flow of interest in professional schools in general; the perceived loss of physician autonomy due to recent changes in the health care marketplace; the concern over the high levels of educational debt typically required to complete medical training; and the continued damaging effect of anti-affirmative action efforts.

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