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March 30, 2001

University of 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 score.

"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 research.

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 term care.

Survey results are also available online at http://www.usnews.com.

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