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Annual Medical School Graduation Survey Shows Gains in Team Training

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2013—Nearly three-quarters (73.4 percent) of medical students graduating this year report that their education included training in teams with other health professionals, such as nurses, dentists, pharmacists, osteopaths, public health professionals, and others, according to new data released by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).

The 2013 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is an annual, national questionnaire administered by the AAMC. This year, 82 percent of graduates (14,836) responded, the largest number of participants ever.

“The education of these graduates has been greatly enhanced through interprofessional training, increased faculty interactions, and other experiences during their undergraduate medical education. This survey shows that the nation’s medical schools are hard at work creating new and enhanced programs to better prepare tomorrow’s physicians to care for patients,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO.

Known as the “GQ,” the survey provides medical schools with a unique glimpse into their programs so they can monitor and address issues that are critical to the future of medical education and the well-being of medical students. The survey also examines a number of issues, including students’ satisfaction with their schools’ ability to prepare them for residency; student career and specialty plans; the cost of medical education; and student experiences of mistreatment in the learning environment.

In other 2013 results:

  • Graduates reported an average medical education debt of $135,084, an increase of 2 percent compared with 2012. The percent of students graduating with medical school debt remained relatively unchanged at 84.4 percent.

  • More graduates plan to enter into loan forgiveness programs. The percent indicating such future plans jumped from 29.4 percent in 2012 to 38.1 percent in 2013. 

Respondents to the 2013 GQ survey represented all 130 U.S. medical schools with graduates in academic year 2012–2013. Participating for the first time were graduates of four new medical schools: The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton), Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (El Paso), and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine (Orlando). 


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at


Susan Beach
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