News Release
March 11, 2014

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Ranked Among Top 5 Medical Schools in the Country

PHILADELPHIA — For the 17th year in a row, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States. According to the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Medicine is ranked #4 in the country.

The Perelman School of Medicine also ranked among the nation's top medical schools in four areas of specialty training, including a first place ranking in Pediatrics, Drug/Alcohol Abuse (#4), Women's Health (#5), and Internal Medicine (#5). The School of Medicine is also #13 in the rankings of Primary Care schools.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings underscore the commitment by the Perelman School of Medicine faculty and staff to provide an exceptional educational environment for our students as they prepare for challenging careers in medicine and science,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “It’s because of this stellar group’s academic and research achievements and their dedication that we are once again among the top schools in the nation.”

Established in 1765 as the nation's first medical school, Penn's School of Medicine – which was renamed the Perelman School of Medicine following a landmark gift from Raymond and Ruth Perelman in 2011 – continues a rich tradition of providing pre-eminent training and education. 

The School of Medicine is an internationally recognized leader in the discoveries that advance science and pave the way for new therapies and procedures to improve human health and is consistently among the nation's top three recipients of federal funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The annual medical school rankings, released annually in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" issue, are based on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. Information is obtained through surveys of program directors, academics, and professionals. Criteria used in the rankings include peer assessment surveys, research activity, grade point averages, MCAT scores, and NIH funding.

The complete results of the survey are available online. For more information on the Perelman School of Medicine, see our annual Facts and Figures information.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.

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