Rochester’s Medical School Rises on US News List

March 13, 2012

US News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best graduate schools was released earlier today, giving the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry a noticeable boost. Among the best research medical schools, Rochester scored #29, its highest ranking since 2002. In the primary care schools category, the University of Rochester was listed as the #15 best medical school, up slightly from last year. The rankings are widely used by college students when choosing medical schools which to apply.

Both scores were aided by improvements in the school’s selectivity as it accepts students with higher grade point averages in their undergraduate studies and better performance on medical school entrance exams. Among research schools, the University of Rochester also outpaced more schools in research funding than it did in last year’s ranking.

Medical School Dean Mark Taubman, M.D., attributed the improved rankings to hard work by faculty and staff involved in the school’s admissions process and to the research faculty who compete successfully for grants. “We systematically identify and vigorously recruit top students to our medical school and this ensures that we produce the finest physicians,” Taubman said. “Having a competitive medical school with a robust research enterprise raises the standard of health care in our region.”

Each year, US News compares medical and osteopathic schools on factors such as reputation among other medical school deans and residency directors, how selective the school is in accepting students, its faculty-to-student ratio, and the cost for out-of-state residents. This year, 123 accredited schools were eligible for the rankings.

Within the research ranking, the magazine also factors in the amount of research funding the school’s faculty receives from the National Institutes of Health as well as grant funding per faculty member. The separate primary care ranking takes into account how many graduates choose to pursue careers in primary care.

“Just two years ago, Rochester was the 20th best primary care school. The fact that we’ve jumped five slots in two years reflects the efforts we’ve made to excite students about the rewards of being a primary care physician, at time when the nation sorely needs them,” Taubman said.

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