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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

How many doctors?

I came across this report on the number of applications, acceptances, and matriculations to U.S. medical schools.

Here's the first graphic you see:

There are, what, a million college graduates a year? If that is the sample of possible applicants to medical school, the 42,000 would represent about 4%. If there is a two or three year window after graduation during which time individuals decide whether to go into medicine, this would imply about 1-2% of college graduates even apply for medical school and about .3 actually get into medical school - and even less ostensibly graduate.

One wonders if socialized medicine will make it more attractive to enter the medical field. I suppose you could look at other countries and see how their incoming medical school classes changed over time.

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