Vol. 12 No. 9 - April, 2010

UMass Medical School ninth in U.S.News & World Report annual ranking of primary care schools

Ranked highly in primary care, family medicine and research

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UMass Medical School (UMMS) was ranked ninth in primary care education among the nation’s 131 accredited medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine by weekly news magazine U.S.News & World Report in its annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2011 issue. UMMS has been listed near the top of the category since 1994 when the magazine began publishing the much-anticipated rankings. Of note, UMMS is the only school in the top 50 that accepts only in-state students into its medical degree program. U.S. News ranked UMMS 47th among top research schools and 20th in family medicine, among the specialty categories.

“We take great pride in our role as educators and mentors, and we are especially proud of our faculty for making their commitment to quality in the educational setting apparent,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD. “As the country prepares for the most comprehensive reform of our national health care system in our history, UMass Medical School challenges our students with a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum that will best prepare them to care for their patients while also reflecting our focus on excellence. This external validation of success in our key mission areas is notable.”

Beyond its core mission of distinction in medical education, UMMS has become an internationally recognized and respected research institute. UMMS also ranks near the top among public medical schools in the Northeast in the amount of funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Federal and private research grants and contracts at UMMS rose from about $2 million in 1977 to more than $240 million in 2010, making it one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the U.S.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings of the nation’s 131 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. To read more about the rankings, log on to www.usnews.com. The rankings were posted at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 15; the magazine will hit newsstands April 27.