| March 30, 2001
Pennsylvania School of Medicine Ranks Fourth Nationally
in U.S. News News & World Report Survey
(Philadephia, 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, which will
be published in the April 9th issue.
Penn is the only medical school in the Delaware Valley
named in the top 40.
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
"The recognition and respect of our peers is highly
gratifying," said Arthur K. Asbury, M.D., the School's
interim Dean. "It 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."
Penn was ranked in the top ten in five specialty programs
by deans and faculty at peer institutions. The specialities
include: women's health, drug/alcohol abuse, geriatrics,
internal medicine, and pediatrics.
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, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania,
and Washington University in St. Louis.
Penn's School of Medicine is part of the University
of Pennsylvania Health System, (UPHS) an academic health
system established in 1993 as the nation's first, fully
integrated health system. It includes four wholly-owned
hospitals, as well as several educationally-affiliated
hospitals, multi-specialty facilities, a primary care
provider network, home health care and hospice and long
Survey results are also available online at http://www.usnews.com.
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