UCSF School of Medicine Ranks Among Best in Nation

March 31, 2006
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In this year's survey by U.S. News & World Report, the UCSF School of Medicine is one of only three in the country ranked in the top 10 for the quality of its training in both research and primary care. UCSF is the only California university that ranks so high in both categories.

UCSF advanced to fourth place nationally for research training, the highest ranking for any public university. UCSF ranks 10th nationally in its primary care training in the new survey.

The assessments appear in the newsstand book America's Best Graduate Schools as well as the April 10 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, both of which hit newsstands April 3.

UCSF ranks among the top 10 in seven of eight medical school specialty programs assessed this year, including first in AIDS medical care and second in internal medicine and women's health. UCSF's drug and alcohol abuse specialty ranks fifth nationally in the new survey, while the national rank for UCSF pediatrics is eighth, geriatrics is ninth, and family medicine is 10th.

The rankings this year also include assessments of Ph.D. science programs. UCSF ranks ninth nationally in the quality of its overall biological sciences doctoral program and is among the top 10 in six of eight specific programs assessed, including second in cell biology and third in molecular biology. Three UCSF programs rank fifth nationally in the new survey — biochemistry/biophysics/structural biology, genetics/genomics/bioinformatics, and immunology/infectious disease. The UCSF neuroscience and neurobiology graduate program ranks sixth nationally.

"I am especially delighted that our Ph.D. science programs are recognized as among the best in the nation," said Dr. David A. Kessler, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine. "The interaction between basic research and clinical practice at UCSF is a foundation of our culture of inquiry and innovation."

In the field of chemistry — largely dominated by undergraduate and graduate schools with full chemistry departments — UCSF ranks third nationally in its biochemistry program.

The top 10 research-based medical schools ranked this year as best in the nation are:
1) Harvard University
2) Johns Hopkins University
3) University of Pennsylvania
4) UCSF and Washington University in St. Louis — tied
6) Duke University
7) Stanford University and University of Washington — tied
9) Yale University
10) Baylor College of Medicine

Medical schools ranked in the top 10 for the quality of their primary care training are:
1) University of Washington
2) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
3) Oregon Health and Science University
4) Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Massachusetts-Worcester — tied
6) Duke University, East Carolina University, University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison — tied
10) UCSF

The new medical school rankings are based on assessments by deans and senior faculty, admission acceptance rates, test scores, faculty and student ratios and other factors. The research rankings include the amount of research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health while the primary care rankings include assessments of the percentage of medical school graduates who enter primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine.

The medical school specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by medical schools deans and senior faculty. The rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences are based on surveys of academics in each discipline.

This year's U.S. News & World Report survey ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, library and information sciences, and medicine as well as doctoral program in the sciences.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences, and providing complex patient care.

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