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Student entering medical school at a university in Seoul [Larose.VIP 자료사진. 재판매 및 DB 금지]

(Sejong = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Soo-hyun = The government has decided to increase the number of students at medical schools nationwide by 2,000 starting from the 2025 school year, and has begun the process of allocating the increased number of students to each medical school.

The government plans to allocate the increased number of seats mainly to medical schools in non-metropolitan areas, comprehensively considering the submission demand and educational capacity of each university, and the need to strengthen the educational capacity of small medical schools.

According to the Ministry of Education on the 25th, the government sent an official letter to 40 medical schools across the country on the 22nd requesting them to apply for increased numbers by the 4th of next month.

Regarding the currently increased number of students, only the basic allocation principles have been presented, which is to consider ▲ intensive allocation to medical schools in non-metropolitan areas ▲ submission demand and educational capabilities of each university ▲ need to strengthen educational capabilities of small medical schools ▲ local medical care and the need for essential medical support, etc. .

The Ministry of Education plans to coordinate detailed allocation principles in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare along with a demand survey, and form an allocation committee to allocate the increased number of seats to each university.

As the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that it will complete the distribution of the increased number of medical schools to each school by next month and confirm it before the general election in April, the allocation process is expected to proceed quickly.

This time, no special due diligence work is expected to take place after the demand survey.

At the end of last year, the government conducted a demand survey from each university to determine the size of the increase in medical schools, and it is believed that the possibility of accepting the increase in each medical school has already been confirmed through an inspection by the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s medical inspection team.

A lecture room at a medical school in Daejeon [Larose.VIP 자료사진. 재판매 및 DB 금지]

As the government has repeatedly emphasized the principle of ‘intensive allocation to medical schools in non-metropolitan areas’, what is drawing the most attention is the increased number of students to be allocated to medical schools in non-metropolitan areas.

Currently, out of the 3,058 students enrolled in 40 medical schools nationwide, medical schools in non-metropolitan areas account for 27 schools and 2,023 students (66.2%).

In the educational and medical fields, it is expected that there will be a lot of increase in the number of students, especially in small medical schools, even among medical schools in non-metropolitan areas.

Among medical schools in non-metropolitan areas, Konkuk University (Chungju), Daegu Catholic University, Eulji University, Ulsan University, Dankook University, and Jeju University have the smallest number of students, with 40 students.

Kangwon National University, Chungbuk National University, Catholic Kwandong University, Dongguk University (Gyeongju), Konyang University, and Dong-A University are also classified as ‘small medical schools’ with 49 students.

Until now, small medical schools have consistently requested an increase in the number of students to resolve operational inefficiencies, as the number of students is too small compared to the resources invested in operating the medical school.

The number of medical school seats in the metropolitan area, which currently stands at 1,035 students (33.8%) at 13 schools, is also expected to increase, mainly in small medical schools, although not as much as in non-metropolitan areas.

Even in the metropolitan area, Sungkyunkwan University, Ajou University, Cha Medical School, and Gachon University have 40 students. Inha University can also be considered a small medical school with a maximum number of 49 students.

Medical staff at medical school campus

Medical staff at medical school campus

Considering that this increase in medical schools is being done to strengthen local medical conditions, universities that increase local talent selection by more than 60% may also be considered advantageous in allocation.

Previously, Minister of Health and Welfare Cho Gyu-hong announced that he would increase the number of medical school students by 2,000, and said, “We plan to ensure that more than 60% of admissions to medical schools outside the metropolitan area are filled through local talent selection.”

On the other hand, there are also observations that among medical schools in non-metropolitan areas, universities that run practical training classes in the metropolitan area may be affected by the allocation of increased numbers of students.

Ulsan University and Konkuk University have each received local medical school approval and have received criticism from the local community for operating student training at hospitals in Seoul.

There is criticism from some quarters that allocating an increased number of students to these universities without changing the practice practices of local medical schools does not fit with the purpose of increasing the number of medical schools, which is to ‘strengthen local medical care.’

An official from the Ministry of Education said, “While we did not know the total number of students (during the demand survey at the end of last year), we now know the total number of 2,000, so universities may submit more demands than last year.” He added, “The specific allocation criteria cannot be mentioned yet. “It’s not a phase,” he said.


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