Reports show that we need more students in medical school, as soon as possible.
Medical schools try to cure enrollment epidemic
— reported by the Houston Business Journal
Houston-area medical schools are gearing up to take on a national physician shortage.
An increase in U.S. population and an aging physician work force has the Association of American Medical Colleges calling for a 30 percent increase in medical school enrollment by 2015. That increase is double what the organization recommended in 2005.
The enrollment increase would mean 5,000 more medical students annually, according to the AAMC. The organization represents 125 M.D.-granting U.S. medical schools and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools.
Several medical schools in Houston have large pools of applications, but challenges such as having adequate faculties, facilities and funds are keeping many of the schools from being able to admit even 25 percent of the candidates.
It looks like we have shortages in a lot of major fields. It should be interesting to see how this affects higher education.