Medical schools around the country are seeing a new, encouraging trend in the middle of the pandemic. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports the number of students applying to medical schools for the 2021 academic year is up 18% from last year.
“Some are calling it the Fauci effect,” says Dr. Lee Learman, Dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “So many good things come from Dr. Fauci, one of them may be to inspire careers for other folks that are interested in medicine.”
Deans of medical school say in response, they have been working to increase class sizes. Dozens of new schools have also opened to try to address the physician shortage projected for the coming years.