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APRIL 24, 2009
  University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Ranked #3 in Nation by U.S.News & World Report
  Penn is the Only Philadelphia-Area Medical School Ranked in Nation's Top 50

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is among the top three research-oriented medical schools in the nation, according to an annual survey of graduate schools by U.S.News & World Report. Penn is ranked #3 in the prestigious survey, with Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University ranked first and second, respectively. The complete survey will be available in the newsstand book, Best Graduate Schools, on April 28, 2009.

Penn was also ranked in the top ten in four specialty programs including Internal Medicine (#4), Drug/Alcohol Abuse (#6), Women’s Health (#6) and Pediatrics (#2). Two of Penn Medicine’s PhD specialty programs also ranked among the top ten in the nation: immunology and infectious disease (#7), and microbiology (#8). The School of Medicine was also ranked #12 among the top 50 medical schools for students going into primary care.

“Penn’s ranking in the survey reflects the continued dedication and commitment to excellence among our faculty and staff. We are proud to continue our national leadership in medical education, patient care and research,” said Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.

The criteria to determine the top research-oriented medical schools included quality assessment, research activity, faculty resources and student selectivity.


PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to the National Institutes of Health, received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.


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