More doctors in the pipeline

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Quick View. Posted June 6, 2005

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Medical schools are starting to increase enrollment in response to growing concerns of a looming physician shortage.

Enrollment Increase
Existing schools New schools Total Change
Allopathic schools 16,538 650-900 100-500 750-1,400 4.5%-7.3%
Osteopathic schools 3,079 450-900 150-450 600-1,350 24.6%-43.8%
Total 19,617 1,100-1,800 250-950 1,350-2,750 6.9%-14%

By 2020, expansion plans will put an estimated 30,000 additional physicians into a work force of 972,000 physicians, bringing the total to 1,002,000. Existing and new schools expect to reach the following targets for first-year enrollment increases by 2010. Because not all plans are final, estimates were given in ranges.

Source: AAMC Center for Workforce Studies

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