With a new wave of medical students entering the field, the medical workforce is expected to grow by nearly 1,000 in 2020.
And that’s no small feat for the profession as a whole.
While doctors and nurses are still the largest group of physicians, there are now more than 50,000 registered medical students across the country, up from around 38,000 the previous year.
In a recent article for the Medical Times, medical professionals in the United States, Europe and the UK shared the top 5 reasons they think medical students are a better fit for their roles.
While many are eager to get their hands on a new job, the biggest hurdle for those hoping to get ahead in the field is that most medical students have to be part-time, meaning they work at least part-day, sometimes two-days a week.
To get through their training, students need to earn a degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better.
The average GPA for a medical student is 3.2, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the American Association of Medical Colleges.
The median GPA for medical school graduates is 3,976, according a 2016 study by the U.S. News & World Report.
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Medical school graduates are not just looking for a job in the specialty of medicine, they’re also searching for a career path.
They are taking a leap of faith, hoping to one day have access to higher-paying jobs in a field that is changing quickly.