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VUSM ranked among nationís top schools

By Doug Campbell
July 2010

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is once again included among the nation’s top medical education programs according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual tabulation of graduate education programs and health disciplines released in June.

In the new 2011 edition of “America's Best Graduate Schools,” VUSM stands alone at 15th out of 126 accredited U.S. medical schools, achieving an overall score of 66 to move ahead of the University of California-San Diego. Last year, the two schools were tied at 15th.

Not all graduate education programs and health disciplines are re-ranked every year, though U.S. News does include its most recent rankings of all programs in each year’s issue of “Best Graduate Schools.”

Included in this year’s Schools of Medicine ranking, VUSM had four programs listed among the nation’s best in the Specialties category. Rankings for the Specialty categories are determined by medical school deans and senior faculty. VUSM’s programs in Internal Medicine (12), Pediatrics (20), AIDS (18) and Primary Care (42) all made the list in their respective categories.

U.S. News ranks schools with an overall score as determined by marks in 10 individual categories — peer assessment, assessment score by residency directors, undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores, acceptance rate, NIH research grants, research grants per faculty member, faculty/student ratio, out-of-state tuition and fees, and total enrollment.

Several other Vanderbilt programs were ranked in this latest edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, including:

Peabody School of Education — 1st
Vanderbilt School of Law — 17th
Owen Graduate School of Management —
Schools of Business — 36th
Vanderbilt School of Engineering — 37th.

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