April 10, 2008 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEU.S. News & World Report Announces “America’s Best Graduate Schools”ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine program in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” – a ranking it has maintained since 1996. The magazine also ranks the School of Medicine (SOM) 9thin Family Medicine – the 18thconsecutive year the Family Medicine Program has placed in the top 10. UNM’s Primary Care curriculum ranked 31stthis year, gaining seven places from 2007, and approaching the top 30 in the nation, as well. And finally, the SOM’s Occupational Therapy Program ranked 17thin the country, breaking the top 20 for the first time. “The School of Medicine’s consistently high rankings nationally in both Rural Medicine and Family & Community Medicine underscore our efforts in improving the health of all New Mexicans – a very vital component of our mission,” offers Paul Roth, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “Our other national rankings speak to the quality of progressive training we provide in a variety of critical health science disciplines. We’re proud of our rankings, and our faculty, and will continue to strive to improve medical education and training for the people of New Mexico.” Additionally this year, UNM’s College of Pharmacy ranked 32ndin the nation for its Pharm. D. Program – the first time UNM has placed in the top 40 for this program since the rankings began more than a decade ago. A total of 126 medical schools and 20 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited in the U.S. were considered for this year’s rankings. The schools were ranked according to selected measures of academic quality, including academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and the percentage of graduating physicians who go into the primary care specialties of family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics. The 2008 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issue is on newsstands now. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center, visitwww.hsc.unm.edu.
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