David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA shines in widely watched ranking

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA placed No. 5 in primary care and tied for No. 6 in research in a widely watched ranking released March 12.

Results of the annual U.S. News and World Report survey of medical schools highlighted the UCLA medical school's position among the nation's best.

"Performance in rankings such as these reflect the skill of faculty, physicians-in-training, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff who are dedicated to patients and to meaningful service to society," said Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Our medical school is committed to training physicians who collaborate to provide compassionate and effective care and scientists who are diligent in pursuit of research that aids the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness."

Medical school faculty and trainees provide patient care at UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and in clinics throughout Southern California. Medical students receive training at these medical centers, at partner hospitals and with community groups in the region.

Patients benefit from the alignment between UCLA's clinical and research programs, said John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health.

"UCLA Health's medical education programs, hospitals and clinics are united in a shared goal – providing the best possible health care to patients from Los Angeles and around the world, informed by the latest research and utilizing modern technology," Dr. Mazziotta said.

Data used to calculate the medical school rankings include, among other factors, a reputation survey of medical school leaders across the country, applicant admission rates, student scores on the Medical College Admission Test and faculty-to-student ratios.

The research category also considered the value of grants received from the National Institutes of Health and other research funders. The primary care category also considered the proportion of graduates entering primary care specialties.

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of hospitals, UCLA Health placed No. 1 in Los Angeles and No. 7 in the nation.

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