Medical-School Applications Hit Record High Despite Worries Over Federal Spending

The number of first-time applicants to medical school reached an all-time high this year as new and existing schools continued an expansion aimed at preventing a projected shortage of physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported on Monday. But as a Congressional "supercommittee" considers deficit-reduction proposals that could cut federal support for residency-training programs, serious questions remain about how the new doctors entering the field over the next decade will continue their training, the association warned.

Medical-School Applications Hit Record High Despite Worries Over Federal Spending