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PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive year, the Perelman School of Medicine ranks #2 among research-oriented medical schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey.

The annual survey of the nation’s 126 fully accredited medical schools and twenty schools of osteopathic medicine also places Penn in the top ten in the specialty areas of pediatrics, internal medicine, drug and alcohol abuse, and women’s health.  Penn also ranked in the top ten among medical schools focused on primary care.

The complete survey is available online at and as a guidebook, 2012 Best Grad Schools, on newsstands on April 5, 2011.

“Penn’s strong showing in the U.S. News & World Report rankings reflects the efforts of our faculty and their commitment to prepare the next generation of young men and women for a rewarding career in clinical medicine and biomedical research,” said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.  “As the practice of medicine and medical research becomes increasingly more complex, we train our young physicians and scientists to take advantage of the most leading edge trends and innovations, while never losing sight of providing the best quality care possible. “

The criteria to determine the top medical schools for research and primary care included assessment by peer institutions, research activity, percentage of graduates entering primary care residencies, faculty resources, and student selectivity.


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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