The latest issue of U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the University of New Mexico School of Medicine sixth among U.S. medical schools for training primary care physicians.  This is the 13th 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 7, 2003.

          Additionally, The UNM College of Nursing ranked third for its Midwifery Program, a tremendous leap from the last ranking of 16th in 1998.  The Midwifery Program trains College of Nursing students to become nurse-midwives.

          "We are very proud of our midwifery program - it is just outstanding that our ranking is at this level," said Sandra L. Ferketich, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean of the UNM College of Nursing. "Nurse midwives in New Mexico deliver about 30 percent of the babies in the state, so we have a rich environment in which our students can learn and practice, and a majority of our students stay in New Mexico and practice in the rural areas."

In addition, the College the Nursing's Family Nurse Practioner program was ranked 15th, and the Nursing Master's program was ranked 94th out of 278.

Other rankings include the UNM School of Medicine ranked second for its Rural Medicine program and fifth in Family Medicine according to a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty nationwide. This is the ninth straight year the school's Rural Medicine program has ranked in the top two.  The UNM Community Health program ranked 15th.

          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 second among primary care-oriented schools in terms of academic reputation.

        "I am delighted that our school has been recognized again.  The university's programs have a long history of non-traditional and innovative approaches to training physicians," said Paul Roth, M.D., dean of the UNM School of Medicine.  "This is a tribute to the faculty members who continue to make a difference and whose efforts contribute significantly to improvements in the practice of medicine."

          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 OT programs are ranked every three years.

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