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April 4, 2003

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Ranked 4th 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 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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