UMass Medical School Makes Top Five in Primary Care in U.S. News & World Report Annual Guide

Top ranking in research list also awarded

March 30, 2001

WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been ranked among the five best medical schools in the nation in the "Primary Care" category by weekly news magazine U. S. News & World Report in its annual review entitled "America's Best Graduate Schools." In this most current issue, on newsstands Monday, April 2, UMMS is tied with the University of California-San Francisco for fourth in this increasingly competitive category.

"Key to our continued top ranking has been our ability to attract and retain outstanding national and international faculty, who in turn attract the best students in the Commonwealth," said Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor and Dean of the Medical School. "With a continued commitment to training excellent physicians, especially in primary care, we are justifiably proud of this recognition."

Said University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger, "My heartiest congratulations go to Dr. Lazare and his faculty in Worcester for their ascent to the top five" in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. "The Medical School is a shining example of the kind of quality education available at the University of Massachusetts."

The rankings of the nation's 125 medical schools are based on measures of academic quality which are weighted by reputation among faculty and residents, research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources. Sixty-four percent of this year's UMMS graduates will enter primary care (77% including obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine).

UMass Medical School has also for the third straight year earned a top 50 ranking in the overall list of medical schools, sharing 48th with the University of Cincinnati. The only school in the top 50 that accepts no out-of-state students, UMMS was created in l962 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. Located in Worcester, New England's second largest city, the Medical School accepted its first class of 16 students in 1970 and now accepts 100 students per year. Sixty-three percent of this year's graduates were accepted to their first choice in residency programs.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, comprised of the Graduate School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as the School of Medicine, has consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the country for primary care. One of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, UMMS attracts more than $100 million in research funding annually and ranks 40th among the nation's medical schools in attracting extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH grants and contract awards grew at UMMS to more than $60 million in FY '99, up approximately 15% from the FY'98 total of $52 million; over the last decade, this figure has more than doubled, from $29 million in FY '89. In addition to its ranking nationwide, UMMS maintained its position of second among public medical colleges in the Northeast in its receipt of NIH funding.