A Look Back at 2017

According to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2017 was the first year in history in which there were more females enrolling in U.S. medical schools than males: that is 50.7% females versus 49.8% males. The recent press release on the subject reports:
“We are very encouraged by the growing number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “This year’s matriculating class demonstrates that medicine is an increasingly attractive career for women and that medical schools are creating an inclusive environment. While we have much more work to do to attain broader diversity among our students, faculty, and leadership, this is a notable milestone.”

Additionally, an AAMC annual survey of matriculating medical students found:

  • More students indicated that having a work-life balance rather than a “stable, secure future” or the “ability to pay off debt” was an “essential consideration” in their career paths after medical school.
  • Nearly 30% of new medical students indicated plans to eventually work in an underserved area.

However, Kirch cautioned, “While expanding medical school enrollment is a very positive trend, it alone will not lead to an increase in the supply of practicing physicians to address the coming doctor shortage. For that to happen, Congress must lift the cap on federal support for medical residency positions it enacted 20 years ago. Bipartisan legislation to increase federal support for residency training has been introduced in both the House and Senate. Given our growing and aging population, the AAMC urges Congress to pass this legislation so that future patients will have access to the care they’ll need.”Click here to read the entire press release from AAMC News

Below we’ve included the AAMC report in it’s entirety:
Interested in more 2017 practice statistics? Below we’ve included a few graphs which provide a snapshot of active physicians in the US in 2017.

Statistic: Leading 10 U.S. states based on the total number of active physicians as of 2017 | Statista
Statistic: Annual compensation earned by U.S. physicians as of 2017, by specialty (in 1,000 U.S. dollars)* | Statista
Statistic: Percentage of physicians feeling burned out in the U.S. as of 2017, by specialty | Statista
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