Rural Medicine Program Ranks Second In Nation; Family Medicine Seventh

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (SOM) ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine Program in the upcoming issue ofU.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2014. 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 7thand Primary Care curriculum 19th– a significant gain over last year’s 31stprimary care ranking. Finally, UNM’s College of Nursing ranked 79thin Nursing Master’s Degree programs and 5thin its Midwifery Graduate Program.

“New Mexico is very unique in both its health needs and health care accessibility,” offers Paul Roth, M.D., Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “To be recognized nationally for medical education and training programs tailored specifically to our populations is quite an honor, and punctuates the foresight of the Health Sciences Center’s long-standing vision and mission.”

A total of 126 medical schools and 23 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited in the U.S. were surveyed for considered 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.

The 2014 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” hits newsstands April 9. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit www.hsc.unm.edu.
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322