Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine Ranked 3rd Best Medical School in United States


PHILADELPHIA – The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (PSOM) has been ranked #3 among the nation’s medical schools, marking 23 consecutive years the school garnered honors among the top 10 research-oriented medical schools. The rankings appear in the annual medical school survey in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” report.

PSOM also ranked among the nation’s top medical schools in eight areas of specialty training, including a #1 ranking in Pediatrics and honors in Internal Medicine (#4), OB-GYN (#4), Radiology (#4), Anesthesiology (#5), Psychiatry (#6), Surgery (#6), and Family Medicine (#12).

“The Perelman School of Medicine has an international reputation for unique training programs and a groundbreaking curriculum which combines basic sciences and clinical experience, preparing students for a future of innovative research and patient-centered care,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of PSOM and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System. “This continued recognition from U.S. News & World Report exemplifies Penn’s rich tradition of scientific discovery and academic excellence. We’re so proud of the incredible learning environment in our clinics and labs, our inspiring faculty, and our inquisitive students.”

Established in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school, PSOM has an international reputation for innovative training programs in areas ranging from leadership to global health. Its groundbreaking curriculum has set a new standard for medical education nationwide and is a model for other medical schools. The curriculum integrates basic sciences and clinical experience, fosters interdisciplinary teamwork, and is built on a foundation of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care. Additionally, the school is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of federal funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The school has a total enrollment of 777 medical students, 202 of whom are enrolled in combined MD/PhD programs.

The medical school rankings, released annually in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” issue, are based on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Information is obtained through surveys of program directors, academics, and other professionals. Criteria used in the rankings include peer assessment surveys, research activity, grade point averages, MCAT scores, and NIH funding.

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