| April 4, 2003
University of Pennsylvania School
of Medicine Ranked 4th 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 tied for fourth in the annual survey
of the top 50 schools. The complete survey will be available
in the newsstand book, Best Graduate Schools,
on Monday, April 7. Excerpts of the survey will be published
in the magazine's regular April 14th issue.
Penn was also ranked in the top ten in
five specialty programs by deans and faculty at peer
institutions. Among the specialties, Penn ranked in
pediatrics (tied for 1st), women's health (2nd), drug/alcohol
abuse (tied for 4th), internal medicine (5th), and AIDS
(10th). The School of Medicine also ranked in a separate
listing of the top 50 medical schools for students going
on to primary care practice.
"The U.S. News 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 University of Pennsylvania for the Health
System. "Penn's place on the survey is representative
of the hard work of our faculty and staff, and of 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 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. According to the survey
authors, the research examines research activity, while
the primary-care survey factors in the proportion of
graduates entering primary-care specialties.
According to survey results, the top 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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