We used data from the 2000-2001 Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Annual Medical School Questionnaire, which had a 100% response rate, and other
sources to describe the status of medical education programs in the United
States. In 2000-2001, the number of full-time medical school faculty members
was 103 553, a 1.1% increase from 1999-2000. The 37 092 applicants
for the class entering in 2000 represented a 3.7% decrease from the number
of applicants in 1999. The majority of medical schools (58%) were in the process
of major curriculum review and change during 2000-2001. In 72 schools (58%),
students were required to pass both Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical
Licensing Examinations to advance or graduate. The availability of patients
to participate in clinical teaching during 2000-2001 decreased in almost half
of schools compared with 1999-2000. Many schools reported difficulty in recruiting
or retaining volunteer faculty members to provide clinical education in the
community. Forty medical schools provided monetary payment to some or all
community volunteer faculty members.
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