April 1, 2005
University of Pennsylvania School
Ranked 4th in the Nation
by U.S. News & World Report
(Philadelphia, PA) -- The University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine has, once again, been ranked
one of the top research-oriented medical schools in
the nation, according to the annual survey of graduate
schools conducted by U.S. News & World Report.
Penn is ranked fourth in the survey, and is the only
medical school in the Delaware Valley to appear in the
top 50 ranking.
Penn was also ranked in the "Top 10" in four
specialty programs, including pediatrics (2nd),
women's health (3rd),
internal medicine (5th),
and drug/alcohol abuse (7th).
The School of Medicine also ranked among the top 50
medical schools for students going into primary care
"These rankings are a valuable indicator of our
reputation among academic medical schools," said
Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Dean of the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive
Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for
the Health System. "Penn's standing in the U.S.
News survey reflects the hard work and dedication
of our faculty and staff, and our ongoing commitment
to national leadership in medical education, patient
care, and research."
To determine the top research-oriented medical schools,
the criteria used in the magazine's survey of 123 accredited
medical schools included research activity, faculty
resources, and student selectivity. Overall program
quality was also assessed, based on
the results of questionnaires distributed to medical
school deans, senior faculty, and residency program
directors. The primary care survey factors in the proportion
of graduates entering primary care specialties.
According to survey results, the top five medical schools
in rank order are: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins
University, Washington University in St. Louis, the
University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California,
The complete survey will be available in the newsstand
book, America's Best Graduate Schools, on Monday,
April 4th. Category
rankings will also appear in the magazine's regular
April 11th issue.
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PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion
enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical
education, biomedical research, and high-quality 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
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 in the
nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked
#4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s
most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 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.
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital,
the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently
rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll”
hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian
Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care
provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities;
and home health care and hospice.