It seems everybody’s downsizing these days, even the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine. Assistant Dean Roger Tracy says since the 1970s, the college has kept its freshman class size at around 175 students.The class size was reduced to 157 two years ago. Next year, the freshman class will be cut again to 140. Tracy says that number should hold and he does -not- expect any further drops. He says the main reason behind the move is to maintain the quality of the med school’s curriculum.Tracy says the move will allow instructors to work more closely with med students. He does -not- think the class size cut will create any sort of doctor shortage in Iowa.For the current school year, the U-of-I had more than 23-hundred students apply for admission to the med school. Only 157 were accepted.
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