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 $6.7 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 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 $392 million awarded in the 2016 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 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 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.