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Four new medical schools contribute to increase in first-year enrollment – MedCity Morning Read, Oct. 21, 2009

Medical school enrollment rose by 2 percent this year, thanks, in part, to four new medical schools, according to data released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges. From 2008 to 2009, first-year enrollment rose from 18,036 to 18,390. Those students came from an applicant pool of 42,269.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Medical school enrollment rose by 2 percent this year, thanks, in part, to four new medical schools, according to data released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

From 2008 to 2009, first-year enrollment rose from 18,036 to 18,390. Those students came from an applicant pool of 42,269, the data (pdf) shows.

The new schools that seated their first classes this year are: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida; The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso; and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando. They welcomed a total of 189 medical students.

Twelve other schools also contributed to the enrollment increase by expanding their class sizes by 7 percent or more, according to the AAMC. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, first-year enrollment jumped nearly 21 percent – from 86 students in 2008 to 104 in 2009.

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