UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL #13 IN U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT ANNUAL RANKING OF PRIMARY CARE SCHOOLS

March 28, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass.―The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was ranked 13th in primary care among the nation’s 129 fully accredited medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine by weekly news magazine U.S.News & World Report, to be released online Friday, March 28. UMMS has been listed among the top ten percent of the category since 1994 when the magazine began publishing the rankings in its “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issue. Of note, UMMS is the only school in the top 50 that accepts no out-of-state students into its medical degree program.

“It is extremely gratifying to learn that, once again, UMass Medical School has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the leading medical schools in the nation in educating future physicians for careers in primary care.  This area of medical practice has been a UMMS specialty for many years. UMass Medical School graduates have consistently used their knowledge, skills and training to provide high quality medical care for the citizens of the Commonwealth and for people throughout the nation and the world,” said University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson.

“We take great pride in our role as educators and mentors, and we are continually delighted by this sort of external validation of our success as we strive to fulfill the Medical School’s mission of primary care education,” said Michael F. Collins, MD, Interim Chancellor.

Graduates of UMMS are poised to excel in their medical careers. Members of the UMMS class of 2008 were accepted into some of the most competitive residency programs in the country, with 59 percent of graduates entering primary care (71 percent when including obstetrics/ gynecology and emergency medicine).  The school’s mission, as defined upon its creation by the state legislature in 1962, focuses on providing highly trained primary care physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state. The Medical School welcomed its first class of 16 students in 1970 and now accepts just 100 students in each annual class, all of whom are state residents. In addition, the Medical School now accepts up to five additional students interested in pursuing an MD and PhD concurrently; such students may be state or non-state residents. Enrollment figures for the academic year 2007-2008 for the Medical School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing include 408 medical students, 46 MD/PhD students, 359 GSBS students and 200 nursing students, along with 526 residents and fellows. Degrees awarded, as of June 2007, include 2,830 doctor of medicine degrees, 337 doctor of philosophy in medical sciences degrees and 698 graduate nursing degrees (masters, post-masters and PhD).

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s 129 accredited medical schools and 25 accredited schools of osteopathic medicine are based on measures of academic quality which are weighted by reputation among faculty and residents, research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources.  For additional information about the University of Massachusetts Medical School, visit www.umassmed.edu. To read more about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, log on to www.usnews.com. The rankings were posted at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 28; the printed magazine will hit newsstands Monday, March 31.

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Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 508-856-2000, ummsnews@umassmed.edu