April 14, 2000

VUMC programs ranked among best in nation

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Dr. Harry Jacobson outlined aspects of the new Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to staff and faculty. (photo by Anne Rayner)

VUMC programs ranked among best in nation

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine maintained its status as one of the nation’s top medical education institutions, according to a recently released ranking 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, with which the school was tied last year.

The national magazine’s annual survey of graduate education programs weighs such factors as reputation, research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources. Last year, VUSM ranked 15th.

“It is always gratifying to be identified with such fine schools as those that are ranked with us among the best and strongest medical schools in the nation,” said Dr. John E. Chapman, dean of the School of Medicine.

Harvard University was ranked number one overall, according to the U.S. News & World Report survey, followed by Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Duke University.

In a separate listing that divided medical programs into fields of specialty, VUSM ranked 26th in Primary Care, second in Audiology and eighth in Speech-Language Pathology.

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