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Medical Schools Enjoy Staffing Increases

More students, especially women, also enrolling

TUESDAY, Aug. 31, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- There are more faculty members at U.S. medical schools and about half the applicants and students entering medical schools are women, says an article in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article includes data from the 2003-2004 Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which was sent to the deans of 126 LCME-accredited medical schools. There was a 100 percent response rate.

The data revealed a 4.6 percent increase is the number of full-time medical school faculty members, from 109,526 in 2002-2003 to 114,549 in 2003-2004.

In 2003, there was a 3.5 percent increase in the number of applicants (34,786) to medical schools, the first increase since 1996. Women represented 51 percent of the applicants in 2003. That's the first time that women were the majority of applicants.

Actual enrollment in U.S. medical schools for the 2003-2004 academic year was 67,166 students and 47.9 percent of them were women. Of the 15,996 people projected to graduate in 2004, 45.9 percent were women.

More information

The Association of American Medical Colleges has more about the women at U.S. medical schools.

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Aug. 30, 2004
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