Clarification of Answer by
16 May 2003 20:55 PDT
Thank you for your patience. Here is the revised information.
From a medical news article on the American Medical Association
More than two-thirds of applicants are rejected from U.S. medical
schools each year.
Is it time for U.S. to start training more physicians?
By Jay Greene, April 23/30, 2001.
American Medical Association: Americas Medical News
According to Admissions Consultants, Inc., Medical schools are
extremely competitive and only about one in three applicants gain
acceptance to any medical college.
Source: AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.
From About College Admissions: 80% of applicants are rejected.
Because some medical schools reject more than 80% of applicants, your
admissions essay is critical. It is your ideal opportunity to
illustrate and discuss in-depth the attributes that medical school
admissions committees value. Through your essay, you have an
opportunity to draw attention to your strengths, to illustrate your
passions, to discuss your unique experiences, and to demonstrate that
you have the "people skills" that are essential to succeeding as a
Medical School Application Statistics:
Chances of acceptance at a particular school are 5%.
As you know, medical school admissions are extremely competitive.
There are 125 medical schools in the US. For the class entering in
Fall of 1997, there were 44,000 different applicants for 16,000 spots
nationwide. That means 27% of applicants actually gets to attend
medical school. But, what about acceptance? The average medical school
class size is 16,000/125 or 128. A school will generally accept two
applicants for each spot, so that makes 256 spots per school. Now,
let's switch to the applicants. There are 44,000 different applicants,
but applicants apply to more than one medical school; the average is
around 15. That means there are 44,000X15 or 660,000 actual
applications. Dividing 660,000 by 125, we have 5,280 applicants per
school. Finally, dividing 5,280 by 256, we discover that there are 20
applicants per spot at each school.
That means your chances of acceptance at a particular school are 5%
So, to increase your chances of acceptance, apply to a bunch of
schools. While only 5% may get into one particular medical school,
remember 27% of all applicants ended up attending.
Source: Bruin Online
Primary Care: How Much Do We Need? - By Oliver Fein Associate Dean,
Cornell Medical College and Fitzhugh Mullan
According to Dr. Mullan, 3 out of 5 applicants are rejected.
Quality will not suffer since there is a surplus of qualified
applicants, which has declined only slightly (2.7 applicants for every
1 opening in 1996; 2.4 applicants for every 1 opening in 1999). This
means that 3 out of 5 applicants are rejected.
Source: New York Academy of Sciences
I hope I got it right this time.