Top rankings in both primary care and research lists

April 5, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has again been ranked among the five best medical schools in the nation by weekly news magazine U. S. News & World Report in its much-anticipated annual review entitled "America's Best Graduate Schools." UMMS is ranked fifth among 125 medical schools in the country in the increasingly competitive "Primary Care" schools category and has held a spot in the top ten in the category since the magazine began its rankings in 1994.

"When the Medical School was founded just thirty years ago, it was founded with the explicit mission to provide outstanding primary care physicians for the Commonwealth," said Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare, MD. "Our standing among the top five primary care programs illustrates our continued dedication to educating and training the very best young doctors." William M. Bulger, President of the University of Massachusetts, said, "The Medical School richly deserves this national honor and continues to stand out as a prime example of the excellence of education available at the University of Massachusetts. This is also a ranking that indeed the people of the Commonwealth should be proud of, given that the Medical School accepts Massachusetts residents only."

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-one percent of this year's UMMS graduates will enter primary care (78% including obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine). This year's graduates were accepted to some of the most competitive residency programs in the country.

UMass Medical School has also for the fourth straight year earned a top 50 ranking in the overall list of medical schools, sharing 48th with Jefferson Medical College of Pennsylvania. 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 third largest city, the Medical School accepted its first class of 16 students in 1970 and now accepts 100 students per year.

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 $123 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). 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.

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Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000

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