UMass Medical School 7th In U.S. News & World Report Ranking
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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 48th among top research schools, 79th in nursing and 46th in the biological sciences.
“The University of Massachusetts Medical School is well established as a national leader in primary care education and in research. The quality of the Medical School’s programs in these and other areas is very impressive and very evident,” said University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret. “We do, however, always welcome new endorsements and new accolades. While UMass Medical School is still relatively young, it is a shining example of the vision that led to the creation of our system of public higher education 150 years ago, and that is a vision of service to individuals, to communities, to our nation and the world.”
“Our faculty takes great pride in educating and mentoring the next generation of primary care physicians,” said UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD. “As we enter a period of unprecedented change in health care the role of primary care is more important than ever. The part our medical school, faculty and students play in this future has never been more essential.”
The Medical School, which had accepted just 100 students per year since the 1970s, expanded the class to 125 beginning with the class of 2013 to help increase the pool of physicians, particularly primary care providers, trained to meet the needs of the commonwealth and the nation. Traditionally, more than 50 percent of each year’s graduates enter a primary care residency program. In addition, more than half of each class stays in the state for residency, totaling 260 new residents in the last five years alone. Graduates of UMMS are poised to excel in their medical careers, and at noon on Friday, March 16—Match Day across the nation—all fourth-year students will discover where they will begin their medical careers.
“These rankings are a testament to the dedication of our outstanding faculty and the passion of our students, who are matching into primary care residencies this week,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor, provost, and dean of the School of Medicine. “The importance of our mission has never been clearer and these accolades are validation of the rich primary care education our students take with them as they embark on their medical careers.”
The U.S.News & World Report rankings of the nation’s 126 medical schools fully accredited in 2011 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the 23 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited in 2011 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/news. To read more about the rankings, log on to www.usnews.com The rankings were posted at 12:01 a.m. EST, Tuesday, March 13; the “2013 Best Grad Schools” guidebook will be on newsstands Tuesday, April 3, 2012.