March 30, 2001

Medical School ranked 16th

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From left, Lamont Green, Ronnika Green, Taneisha Green, and Martrail Copeland walk across the Vanderbilt campus with Virginia Shepherd after a Saturday morning Kids and Computers class.

Medical School ranked 16th

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine continues to excel as one of the premier medical institutions in the United States, according to a ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report.

VUSM ranked 16th out of 125 accredited medical schools in the United States, ahead of Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. In 2000, VUSM also ranked 16th in the nation.

The national magazine’s annual survey of graduate education programs weighs such factors as reputation, research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources.

“We should be extremely proud of the ranking,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, dean of the School of Medicine. “This is a reflection of the efforts of our faculty, our students, and our academic leadership.”

“Even though they have their faults, these rankings are used to assess quality of medical education by national organizations,” he added.

In a separate listing that divided medical programs into fields of specialty, VUSM ranked second in Audiology and eighth in Speech-Language Pathology, and tied for 14th in Psychology.

The magazine also ranked the School of Nursing 27th, tied with Catholic University of America, Duke University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Utah. This is the fourth time U.S. News has ranked nursing programs. VUSN was rated among the nation’s best each time.


1. Harvard University

2. Johns Hopkins University

3. Duke University

4. University of Pennsylvania

Washington University in St. Louis

6. Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons

7. University of California – San Francisco

8. Yale University

9. Stanford University

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

11. Baylor College of Medicine

Cornell University

University of Washington

14. University of California – Los Angeles

15. Mayo Medical School

16. Vanderbilt University

17. Case Western Reserve University

University of Chicago

U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

20. Northwestern University