(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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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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