Med School Applications are Soaring

August 25, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Recruitment & Volunteers

Last modified August 26, 2020

According to both the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), applications to medical schools are up sharply compared to this time last year. American Medical College Application Service applications to AAMC schools received by early August were up 14%; AACOM reported a 17.7% surge as of August 11.

While applications have been steadily increasing over the last few years, the increases have not reached double digits. As stated in this article by MedPage Today, the pandemic is a major reason for the spike. Some applicants are finding a calling in medicine, while others are looking for something to fill idle time or combat uncertainty. For now, it is unclear if many schools have enough resources to handle the flood of applications.

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