Applications to US medical schools fall for fourth year
- By: Deborah Josefson
Applications to medical schools in the United States have declined for the fourth consecutive year, according to a survey sponsored by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The committee's questionnaire was completed last year by all 125 medical schools in the United States.
Applications have plummeted since reaching a high of 47000 in 1996. However, they are still well above the low reached in 1988, when only 27000 students applied for admission. Nevertheless, many schools are worried that a trend in falling applications has been established. In the year 2000 there were 37092 applications for the first year class and 17538 acceptances.
The number of applicants shrank by 3.7% from 1999. Of these applicants, 17274 were women, a 0.9% drop from 1999. But the percentage of women entering the first year of medical school has remained essentially the same, at 46%.
In 2000 the ratio of overall applications to acceptances