PHILADELPHIA — The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has ranked second among the nation's research-oriented medical schools, according to the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the School of Medicine has ranked as one of the top five medical schools in the United States.

"The Perelman School of Medicine's outstanding ranking is a very public recognition of the commitment to excellence by our faculty, students and staff," said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System. "We are fortunate to have so many truly exceptional people working together to ensure that we deliver compassionate care, provide outstanding educational programs and pursue pioneering biomedical research at the highest levels of excellence."

The Perelman School of Medicine also ranked among the nation's top medical schools in five areas of specialty training, including Pediatrics (#2), Women's Health (#4), Internal Medicine (#5), Drug/Alcohol Abuse (#5), and AIDS (#9).

Established in 1765 as the nation's first medical school, Penn's School of Medicine, now the Perelman School of Medicine, continues a rich tradition of providing pre-eminent training and education. The School of Medicine is an internationally recognized leader in the discoveries that advance science and pave the way for new therapies and procedures to improve human health. In the 2011 fiscal year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including stimulus funds, awarded the Perelman School of Medicine $479.3 million in research funding.

The U.S. News medical school rankings, released annually in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" issue, are based on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. Information is obtained through surveys of program directors, academics, and professionals. Criteria used in the rankings include peer assessment surveys, research activity, grade point averages, MCAT scores, and NIH funding.

The complete survey is available online, and will be on newsstands April 3. For more information on the Perelman School of Medicine, see our annual Facts and Figures information.

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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