The numbers are historic: For the first time ever, in 2017 women edged out men among incoming medical school students. Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, called the results “a notable milestone” and a sign that medical schools are creating welcoming environments for female matriculants.
But these numbers tell only part of the story. Other data collected by the AAMC convey current compelling trends and offer significant insights into the nature of today’s medical school students and tomorrow’s future doctors.
Here are some highlights:
- Number of applicants to medical school: up more than 50% since 2002
- New medical schools since 2007: 22
- Medical school matriculants: up nearly 30% over the past 15 years
- Black or African American medical school matriculants: up 12.6% from 2015 to 2017
- Entering medical school students who plan to work in an underserved area: nearly 30%
- Medical school applicants who have volunteered in a medical or clinical community setting: 77%
For more information, read applicant and matriculant tables. You also can check out this video.