The Associated Medical Schools of New York today reported 2,424 new medical students this fall, an increase of 120 from last year, reports Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl.
The increasing amount of medical students speaks of a growing demand for physicians, the group said.
“New York’s health-care landscape is changing rapidly due to an aging population, rising costs, and policy changes at the State and Federal level. As a result, a demand for physicians has intensified,” said Jo Wiederhorn, president and CEO of the association, in a statement.
AMSNY and other state-funded programs help students graduating with bachelor and master’s degrees move on into medical schools. AMSNY reports 93 percent of students in their program are accepted into medical schools.
“New York’s medical schools continue efforts to produce a highly qualified and diverse physician workforce in addition to developing innovative curricula that will ensure future physicians have the knowledge, empathy and understanding to care for patients of today and tomorrow,” Weiderhorn said.
Throughout the state’s 16 medical schools, 47 percent are women and three percent are international students while more than half of incoming students are New York State residents, the group said.
Incoming medical students across the state participate in a “white coat ceremony” where they are given a physician’s traditional white coat for the first time.
Among the state’s 16 medical schools:
• Albany Medical College accepted 143 medicals students from almost 9,000 applicants this year, 74 of them men and 69 women. Incoming students come from 27 different states with 43 students from New York.
• New York Medical College accepted 200 medical students from 12,077 applicants. 94 women were accepted and 106 men. Incoming students are from 28 different states.
• The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry did not see an increase in incoming medical students. They accepted 102 students, same as last year. But they had a surge in applicants: more than 6,000 this year, an increase of 18 percent from last year. This year’s class includes 55 women and 48 men and range in age from 21 to 29.
• SUNY Upstate Medical University enrolled 265 new students, 90 percent of those New York State residents. The class is made up of 77 women and 88 men and this class has the highest MCAT verbal reasoning score to date.