The University of New Mexico School of Medicine remained in second place nationally for its Rural Medicine program for the 11 consecutive year in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."  The magazine ranks the School of Medicine ninth in Family Medicine, up from tenth place last year.  This is the 15th consecutive that the Family Medicine Program has placed in the top ten. 

The magazine also ranked UNM's Primary Care curriculum 27th this year, tying with the University of Maryland and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The 2006 "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue will be on newsstands Monday, April 4.

 This year's magazine also ranks Pharmacy programs and placed UNM's Pharmacy Program 46th  in an eight-way tie with seven other institutions.

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. 

 


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322