Solving the doctor shortage and medical school bottleneck

Tens of thousands of Americans apply to U.S. medical schools each year. Only a fraction gain admission. The University of Arizona, for instance, posted a 1.9 percent acceptance rate in 2018. UCLA, Florida State University, and Wake Forest accepted fewer than 3 percent of applicants.  

Many U.S. medical schools are proud of their microscopic admission rates. But they have negative ramifications for the nation's healthcare system.

The United States will need up to 121,900 more physicians by 2032 to care for its aging population. U.S. medical schools aren't producing enough graduates to meet that demand -- and don't have the capacity to expand anywhere close to that degree.

International medical schools are America's best hope for addressing its physician workforce needs. They're a crucial alternative for the thousands of qualified students who find themselves on the wrong end of a med school admissions decision as a result of the mismatch between qualified applicants and available seats.

 

 

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