Undergraduate Medical Education "Fast Facts"
Data for "Fast Facts" are derived from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Annual Medical School Questionnaire. The questionnaire is sent annually to the deans of all LCME-accredited medical schools with enrolled students. Each year, the questionnaire is reviewed by AMA staff and attempts are made to verify information and obtain missing data.
The "Fast Facts" tables illustrate trend data for current topics of interest within undergraduate medical education. When available, data reflects responses, in five-year increments, from academic years 1989-1990 through 2009-2010.
Tables are organized by topic area. View printer-friendly version of tables.
Admissions committee composition
Table 1: Number and percent of medical schools including the indicated groups as voting members of the admissions committee: 2009-2010
Table 2: Clerkship length and percent of time in the ambulatory setting: by academic year
Hospital inpatient sites
Table 3: Number of hospitals used as major inpatient sites for required clinical clerkships, by ownership and academic year
Joint degree options
Table 4: Medical schools offering the indicated joint degree options, by academic year
Table 5: Medical students’ evaluation of their teachers/supervisors professional behavior, by academic year
Table 6: Methods used to evaluate the professional behavior of medical students, 2009-2010
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) subject tests
Table 7: Number of medical schools that require NBME subject tests in one or more disciplines, by academic year
Table 8: Number of medical schools that required NBME subject tests, by discipline and academic year
Table 9: Requirement for night call in core clinical clerkships, by academic year
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Table 10: Trends in medical schools’ use of OSCEs in required clinical clerkships and as a final comprehensive skills examination, by academic year
Table 11: Requirement to take and pass components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), by academic year