Almost 30 percent of physicians are more than 60 years old. This means that upcoming years could result in the loss of a large portion of the physician workforce. Coupled with population growth and recent reforms in healthcare legislation, the supply of physicians in the United States remains a huge concern.
In order to reduce the shortage of physicians in the U.S., it appears as though building more medical schools may be part of the answer. In upcoming years, there may be up to 21 new medical schools in the United States.
Of course, the number of medical schools in the U.S. is only part of the problem. A greater number of medical schools will result in a greater number of medical students. More medical students should mean a larger number of residency positions. However, the growth in the number of available residency positions lags behind.
Meanwhile, pre-medical students may appreciate the potential institution of more medical schools to which they can apply.
New Allopathic Medical Schools
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredits M.D. programs in the United States. There are currently 8 “Pre-accredited MD Programs” recognized by the LCME. The pre-accredited medical schools are merely those who have submitted an application to begin the preliminary accreditation process. These schools are not allowed to recruit, advertise, or accept applications for admissions.
The following is a list of the programs that could potentially be the newest M.D.-granting medical schools in upcoming years.
- California Northstate University College of Medicine Rancho – Cordova, CA
- Dell Medical School at The University of Texas – Austin, TX
- College of Henricopolis School of Medicine – Martinsville, VA
- King School of Medicine and Health Science Center – Abingdon, VA
- Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Medicine – Las Vegas, NV
- Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education – New York, NY
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – Edinburg, TX
- University of the Virgin Islands School of Medicine – St. Thomas, VI
New Osteopathic Medical Schools
Osteopathic medical schools in the United States are increasing in both size and number. Since the year 2000, the number of practicing osteopathic physicians in the U.S. has nearly doubled, increasing from 44,000 to over 73,000 in 2011. Of the 34 osteopathic medical schools in the country, 14 of them were established since 2000.
[Read more about osteopathic medical schools in the U.S.]
The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is the accrediting body for osteopathic medical schools. There are currently 13 programs that are in “applicant status”, which means that these programs have formally requested to be evaluated for pre-accreditation.
- Arkansas College of Health Education (ACHE)/ Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) – Ft. Smith, AR
- Center for Allied Health Nursing Education – Florida
- Homer G. Phillips College of Osteopathic Medicine – St. Louis, MO
- Indiana Wesleyan University – Kansas
- Larkin College of Osteopathic Medicine – S. Miami, FL
- Missouri Southern State University – Joplin, MO
- Monmouth College of Osteopathic Medicine – Monmouth County, NJ
- New Mexico State University/New Mexico College of Osteopathic Medicine – Las Cruces, NM
- Southern California College of Osteopathic Medicine – Los Angeles, CA
- Southern Utah University Southern Utah College of Osteopathic Medicine – Cedar City, UT
- Southwestern Pennsylvania – Beaver, PA
- University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, TX
- Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine – Jefferson, WI