Chief Healthcare Executive December 8, 2021
Ron Southwick

The number of applicants rose 18% over the past year, the AAMC said. Women and members of most minority groups made gains.

Applications to medical schools surged to a record high in 2021, and women and minority members are making gains, according to new data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Nationwide, 62,443 people applied to medical schools in the 2021-22 year, an 18% increase from the previous year, the AAMC said Wednesday.

It’s far and away the largest one-year increase, in terms of percentage, in two decades. The second biggest one-year rise came in 2007, when there was an 8% uptick in applications.

Norma Poll-Hunter, the AAMC’s senior director of workforce diversity, attributed the surprising spike to...

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