Approximately 2,700 people in 2025 and close to 4,000 people in 2030. Final confirmation after on-site inspection and inspection by the inspection team.
The government has decided to release on the 21st the results of a survey on demand for increased staff at 40 medical schools across the country, which had been postponed twice after being scheduled to be announced last week.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on the 20th that it will hold a briefing at the Seoul Government Complex at 3 p.m. on the 21st, presided over by Jeon Byeong-wang, Director of the Health and Medical Policy Office of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and announce the results of a survey on the demand for expansion of 40 medical schools nationwide.
Previously, the Ministry of Health and Welfare postponed the announcement of the results of the demand survey twice. It was originally scheduled to be announced on the 13th, but the briefing was suddenly postponed at around 9 PM on the 12th, the day before, saying there were additional matters to be confirmed. Subsequently, the announcement schedule could not be decided until the 17th, raising the possibility of non-disclosure.
Criticism of delaying the results of the demand survey twice like this, accusing the government of ‘watching the opinions of medical groups’ before next year’s general elections for the National Assembly, has grown. In the end, it appears that there was a judgment within the government that it would be better to announce its intention to increase troops.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education received submissions for the minimum and maximum number of desired increases, considering medical school conditions, for about two weeks from the 27th of last month to the 9th of this month. As a result of the demand survey, it has been reported that there is room for expansion to 2,700 students in the 2025 school year when current high school seniors enter college, and to over 3,000 students and approaching 4,000 students in the 2030 school year.
The current number of medical school seats is 3,058, and has been frozen for 18 years since 2006. If the number of employees is increased according to the results of the demand survey, it will nearly double in the 2025 school year and more than double in the 2030 school year.
However, the actual scale of the increase is expected to be confirmed around January next year after an on-site inspection by the ‘Medical Education Inspection Team’ and internal review. The allocation size for each university must be decided by April next year, when the 2025 recruitment guidelines are finalized.