UCLA ranks ninth among U.S. medical schools in annual survey
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA ranks ninth among the nation's research-based medical schools, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the best graduate schools in the United States.
The 2009 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," slated for publication in the magazine's April 7-14 edition, will be available on newsstands March 31. The rankings can also be found online at www.usnews.com.
In addition to its overall ranking, the school also received high marks in a number of specialty training programs, ranking fourth in geriatrics, eighth in women's health, and ninth in both AIDS and drug and alcohol abuse programs. The primary care program was ranked No. 12 in the nation.
"We are thrilled to be recognized for the superb job that the David Geffen School of Medicine does in conducting leading-edge research programs and in training future generations of physicians," said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the Geffen School of Medicine. "This is a wonderful tribute to our outstanding physicians, scientists, staff and students, as well as our affiliated hospitals and community partners who help train our stellar graduates."
U.S. News & World Report ranked medical schools based on two types of data: peer experts' opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The statistical indicators included both the qualities that students and faculty bring to the educational experience and graduates' achievements linked to their degrees. Among the criteria were students' average undergraduate grade-point average and average medical college admission test score, as well as the school's acceptance rate, total enrollment, faculty-to-student ratio, total National Institutes of Health research funding and average funding per faculty member.
The specialty training programs rankings were based solely on peer ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty.
Founded in 1951, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is the youngest medical school to be ranked among the top 10 in the nation. The school has more than 2,000 full-time faculty members, including recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Medal of Science.
Nearly 5,800 candidates apply each year for one of 121 available spaces in the first-year class. Total enrollment numbers some 750 students and approximately 400 Ph.D. candidates. More than 1,400 residents and fellows pursue advanced training at UCLA and its affiliated hospitals.
The David Geffen School of Medicine is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the western United States for 18 consecutive years and No. 3 among the nation's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. This year, the university will open the I.M. Pei-designed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which will feature 520 spacious private rooms for patients and the most advanced medical technology in the world. For more information on the school, visit http://dgsom.healthsciences.ucla.edu/about/.