UCSF School of Medicine Moves Up in Annual Survey

April 05, 2002
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Both the UCSF School of Medicine and UCSF's biological sciences programs moved higher in the annual ranking of the nation's best graduate schools published in the current edition (April 8) of US News & World Report magazine.

The magazine ranked the UCSF School of Medicine sixth among the nation's 125 accredited medical schools, one position higher than last year's ranking.

UCSF's doctoral programs in the biological sciences tied with two other institutions as the fifth best in the nation. A year ago, the survey placed UCSF in a tie for the seventh place ranking.

In each category, the University of California, San Francisco remains the highest ranked public institution in the nation.

"We are pleased to see the excellence of this institution recognized. UCSF recently instituted exciting curriculum changes and is in the midst of developing important new programs and facilities that promise to earn even greater recognition for outstanding achievements in science and medicine," said Dr. Haile T. Debas, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs.

The UCSF School of Medicine also recently moved higher in rankings of National Institutes of Health research funds among all medical schools. The school was the third largest recipient if NIH funds in 2001 receiving 769 awards totaling $320.8 million in the highly competitive process. The total moved the school up from fourth position in the 2000 fiscal year rankings.

US News rankings are based, in part, on NIH and other research funding. Among the other factors used in determining the rankings are assessment surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty, admission test scores of students and the ratio of faculty members to students.

The 10 research-based medical schools ranked as the best are the following: (1) Harvard, (2) Johns Hopkins, (3) Washington University in Saint Louis, (4) University of Pennsylvania, (5) Duke, (6) UCSF, (7) Columbia, (8) University of Michigan, (9) Yale, (10) University of Washington.

In a separate ranking of the medical schools for primary care training, UCSF ranked third, behind the top-ranked University of Washington and second-ranked Oregon Health & Sciences University. Only UCSF, the University of Washington and Harvard ranked in the top 10 of both research-based and primary care medical schools.

The UCSF School of Medicine also ranked among the top 10 programs in six of the eight specialties ranked by the magazine. UCSF ranked first in AIDS programs, second in women's health and internal medicine programs, fifth in pediatrics and drug/alcohol abuse programs and ninth in geriatrics programs.

The high rankings in specialty programs also reflect areas of focus and special achievement for the UCSF School of Medicine.

"We have been ranked among the top five academic pediatric programs since the magazine began compiling these lists. While the scores are based on reputation and thus are subjective, they do indicate the high regard in which our program is held among our peers," said Dr. Larry J. Shapiro, UCSF professor and chair of pediatrics. "This designation acknowledges the important contributions of our outstanding faculty over many years to developing knowledge that has contributed to the health of children around the world. In addition, it recognizes our role as a premier center for children's medical care and as an institution that has trained several generations of leaders in pediatrics and in scientific investigation."

The institutions ranked as the best in PhD programs in the biological sciences are the following: (1) Stanford, (2/tied) Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and UC Berkeley (5/tied) UCSF, California Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins, (8) Rockefeller University, (9/tied) Princeton, Scripps Research Institute and Yale.

UCSF is among the top 10 in all of the graduate biological specialty programs ranked by the survey - first in neuroscience programs, third in biochemistry and cell biology programs, sixth in molecular biology programs and ninth in microbiology programs.

The current issue of US News also reprints rankings of graduate programs in nursing determined in 2000. The UCSF School of Nursing is ranked second. The top master's degree programs in nursing are the following: (1) University of Washington, (2/tied) UCSF, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan, (5/tied) Johns Hopkins and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, (7tied) Case Western, Oregon Health Sciences University, and University of Illinois - Chicago, (10/tied) University of Colorado and University of Maryland - Baltimore.

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