News Release
March 16, 2016

Penn's Perelman School of Medicine Ranks 3rd Among Best U.S. Medical Schools

School of Medicine Rises Two Spots in National Rankings

PHILADELPHIA — The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been ranked the 3rd best medical school in the United States in the annual medical school survey in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools" report. This is the 19th year in a row the school has been ranked among the top five medical schools. 

The Perelman School of Medicine also ranked among the nation's top medical schools in three areas of specialty training, including a first place ranking in Pediatrics, and honors in Women’s Health (#3) and Internal Medicine (#4). The School of Medicine is also #11 in the rankings of Primary Care medical schools.

“Our strong showing and rise in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect the exemplary education that the faculty and staff provide for the clinicians and scientists of tomorrow,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “The Perelman School of Medicine continues to live up to its longstanding tradition of graduating bright, compassionate, and well-rounded doctors who pursue careers in research and patient care –or both—in communities across the globe. As the nation’s first medical school, we’re proud to be among the top medical institutions in the country.”

The U.S. News rankings placed the Perelman School of Medicine in a three-way tie with Johns Hopkins University and University of California—San Francisco.

Established in 1765, the Perelman School of Medicine is now over 250 years old, and at the forefront of medical education with an innovative curriculum and integrated approach to learning, using small groups, case-based and team-focused training, and advanced technology.  Students also have the flexibility to combine their medical education with master's and doctoral degrees, specialty certificates, and global health and community service.

The school has a total enrollment of 775 medical students, 186 of which are enrolled in MD/PhD programs across Penn.

The 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 other 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 Penn Medicine Facts and Figures 2016.

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 $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 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 $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; 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 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.


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