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PHILADELPHIA – The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been ranked #3 among the nation’s medical schools, marking 22 consecutive years the school garnered honors among the top 10 research-oriented medical schools. The rankings appear in the annual medical school survey in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” report.

The Perelman School of Medicine also ranked among the nation’s top medical schools in nine areas of specialty training, including a #1 ranking in Pediatrics and honors in Anesthesiology (#3), OB-GYN (#4), Radiology (#4), Surgery (#4), Internal Medicine (#5), Psychiatry (#9), Primary Care (#10), and Family Medicine (#19).

“This recognition from U.S. News & World Report is a testament to our faculty, staff, and students who come together each and every day to create an incredible learning environment, driving forward our mission to advance research and clinical practice, and to improve health across the world,” 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. “Penn has a long tradition of academic excellence and scientific discovery, and our students build on this foundation each year as they grow and define the future of health care. Our faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to fostering innovation and paving the way for future breakthroughs in the classroom, the clinic and the lab.”

Established in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine has an international reputation for innovative training programs in areas ranging from leadership to global health. Its groundbreaking curriculum has set a new standard for medical education nationwide and is a model for other academic medical schools. The curriculum integrates basic sciences and clinical experience, fosters interdisciplinary teamwork, and is built on a foundation of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care. Additionally, the school is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of federal funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The school has a total enrollment of 766 medical students, 190 of whom are enrolled in combined MD/PhD programs.

The 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 other professionals. Criteria used in the rankings include peer assessment surveys, research activity, grade point averages, MCAT scores, and NIH funding.

The complete results of the survey are available online.

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 $8.6 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 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 $494 million awarded in the 2019 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 Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2019, Penn Medicine provided more than $583 million to benefit our community.

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