| April 5, 2002
University of Pennsylvania School
of Medicine Ranks Fourth Nationally in U.S. News & World
PA) - The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
has again been ranked one of the top research-oriented
medical schools in America, according to an annual survey
of graduate schools conducted by U.S.News & World
Report. Penn was ranked fourth in the annual survey
of the top fifty schools. The complete survey will be
available in the newsstand book, Best Graduate Schools,
on Monday, April 8. Excerpts of the survey will be published
in the magazine's regular April 15th issue.
Penn was also ranked in the top ten in four specialty
programs by deans and faculty at peer institutions.
The specialties include: women's health, drug/alcohol
abuse, internal medicine, and pediatrics.
"The U.S. News survey is a strong indicator of
an institution's academic success and reputation among
its peers," said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein,
Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
and Executive Vice President of Penn Health System.
"Penn School of Medicine's place on the survey
is a reaffirmation of the hard work of our faculty and
staff, and of our ongoing commitment to national leadership
in medical education, patient care and research."
The criteria used in the magazine's survey of 125 accredited
medical schools included faculty resources, research
activity and selectivity. Overall reputation was assessed
as well, based on the results of two questionnaires.
The first questionnaire was distributed to medical school
deans and senior faculty, and the second to directors
of intern-residency programs. The raw scores were converted
to weighted percentiles and combined for an overall
Penn's School of Medicine was also ranked second recently
by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for government-sponsored
According to survey results, the top five medical schools,
in rank order, are: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins
University, Washington University in St. Louis, University
of Pennsylvania, and Duke University.
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The University of Pennsylvania Health System is
distinguished not only by its historical significance
- first hospital (1751), first medical school (1765),
first university teaching hospital (1874), first fully
integrated academic health system (1993) - but by its
position as a major player on the world stage of medicine
in the 21st century. UPHS is committed to a three-part
mission of education, research, and clinical excellence.
Survey results are also available online at http://www.usnews.com.