The latest issue of U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of New Mexico School of Medicine third among U.S. medical schools for training primary care physicians. The 2001 "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue will be on newsstands Monday, April 2.

Additionally, The UNM School of Medicine ranked second for its Rural Medicine Program and sixth in Family Medicine according to a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty nationwide. This is the seventh consecutive year the school's Rural Medicine Program has ranked in the top two.

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 specialities 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."

This is the eleventh consecutive year the U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UNM School of Medicine among the top 15 primary care-oriented medical schools.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322