The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (SOM) ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine Program in the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2015. The SOM has maintained this national ranking since 1996, underscoring UNM’s commitment to programs that serve New Mexico’s rural communities. The magazine also ranks the School of Medicine’s Family Medicine curriculum 9th and Primary Care curriculum 40th.

“I’m pleased that this year – UNM School of Medicine’s 50th – our national rankings directly reflect our priorities in training our healthcare work force and improving health for all New Mexicans,” says Dr. Paul Roth, UNM chancellor for Health Sciences and School of Medicine dean. “This reaffirms that we are addressing New Mexico’s unique health challenges and opportunities in providing quality healthcare to our residents across the state.”

In addition, UNM’s College of Nursing's Midwifery Graduate Program ranked 5th and its nursing master’s degree programs ranked 79th in the nation. “We’ll continue building and refining our Master’s program to develop pre-eminent practitioners, educators and policymakers in New Mexico and the U.S.,” says Dr. Nancy Ridenour, dean, UNM College of Nursing. “Our highly sought-after midwifery program continues to perform at a high level. We’re very proud of the opportunities both provide our students and patients.”

A U.S. accredited total of 128 medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine were surveyed 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.

For more information contact: Luke Frank, UNM Health Sciences Center, 505-272-3679.