University of Michigan Medical School ranks among top 10 in country in U.S.News & World Report

The University of Michigan Medical School has been recognized as one of the best in the country with a ranking in the top 10 of the annual U.S.News & World Report "Best Graduate School" listings.

Among research-oriented medical schools, U-M tied for 10th overall among the nation's 125 fully accredited medical schools and placed highly in five specialties: family medicine (4), geriatrics (5), women's health (6), internal medicine (8) and pediatrics (12). Last year, U-M ranked 11th overall.

"Our excellent national reputation is a testament to the breadth and depth of the work our faculty, staff and students accomplish every day at the University of Michigan Medical School," says interim dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D. "The faculty here consistently excel in every aspect of research, education and clinical services."

The rankings of research medical schools are based on several factors, with the most weight given to a quality assessment that is determined by input from medical school leaders around the country. Other factors are a school's level of research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources. The nation's 125 fully accredited medical schools and 20 fully accredited schools of osteopathic medicine were surveyed.

In 2006, the U-M Medical School selected 170 first-year medical students from 5,767 applicants. The school's total enrollment was 682 medical students.

Last year, according to the data released by U.S. News, U-M Medical School faculty won more than $325 million in research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health at a time when competition for NIH grants is intense.

In separate rankings in the new U.S. News, U-M is tied for 45th among primary care-oriented medical schools and is tied for 15th in the biological sciences. A ranking of the country's best hospitals will be released by U.S. News later in the year.

U.S.News & World Report's 2008 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools will go on sale April 2, in both magazine and guidebook formats. More information can be found at

Written by: Katie Gazella

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