The latest issue of U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the University of New Mexico School of Medicine second in rural medicine, tenth in family medicine and 12th in primary care among U.S. medical schools.  This is the 14th consecutive year the U.S.News & World Report has ranked UNM School of Medicine in the top 15 primary care-oriented medical schools. The 2004 "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue will be on newsstands Monday, April 5, 2004.

Other UNM School of Medicine ranked programs include a second place standing for its Rural Medicine program for the 10th consecutive year and a 10th place ranking in Family Medicine according to a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty nationwide.  The UNM Community Health program ranked 15th.

            The nursing disciplines were last ranked in 2003, so the UNM College of Nursing remains ranked third for its Midwifery Program, 15th for its Family Nurse Practitioner program, and  94th out of 278 for its Nursing Master's program.

            All 125 medical schools and 19 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited in the United States were considered for this year's ranking.  The schools were ranked according to selected measures of academic quality.  These include 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.  Medical school deans and senior faculty nationwide ranked UNM's primary care curriculum sixth among primary care-oriented schools in terms of academic reputation.

            In addition, the UNM School of Medicine's Occupational Therapy program, last rated in 2001, was ranked 23rd, which put it in the top third of the OT programs nationwide. 

            The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's mission is to provide added value to health care through leadership in providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises. 


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322