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April 5, 2002

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Ranks Fourth Nationally in U.S. News & World Report Survey

(Philadelphia, 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 score.

Penn's School of Medicine was also ranked second recently by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for government-sponsored research.

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.








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