Far fewer people are clamoring to become medical students at the University of Iowa — mirroring a nationwide trend. In 1995, the U-of-I’s College of Medicine peaked with more than 35-hundred applicants. That fell to fewer than 25-hundred this fall. The college’s admissions director Cathy Solow (SO’-lo) says there may be many reasons why students are deciding not to try for their M-D’s, such as a tight job market with a lot of things to offer in other fields.Solow says students simply may not want to live the demanding life of a physician.While the number of applicants dropped by a thousand in recent years, Solow says one thing that hasn’t changed is the number of slots — the 25-hundred med student-hopefuls are competing for just 152 positions.
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