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Expecting a surge in U.S. medical schools

New York Times, February 15, 2010

Nearly two dozen medical schools have recently opened or might open across the country, the most at any time since the 1960s and ’70s, the New York Times reports. The proliferation of new schools is a market response to several forces, the Times reports: the growing population; the aging of the health-conscious baby-boom generation; the impending retirement of, by some counts, as many as a third of current doctors; and the expectation that changes in healthcare policy will eventually bring a tide of newly insured patients into the American healthcare system.