U.S. medical school enrollment is up for the 11th consecutive year as colleges seek to meet a growing demand for physicians.

According to an American Medical Colleges report:

  • First-year enrollment climbed 2 percent over 2008, and now totals nearly 18,400 students.
  • The number of applicants remained mostly stable at around 42,000.
  • Four new medical schools opened their doors this year.
  • The number of black and Asian enrollees climbed slightly while Hispanic first-year students remained mostly unchanged.
  • White students still make up about 70 percent of first-year students.

The group's president says residency training slots need to increase to accommodate more medical school students.