University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Is Ranked #2 in Nation Again by U.S.News & World Report

Mar 15, 2011, 11:27 ET from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Listed Among the Top Five Medical Schools Nationally for 14th Straight Year

PHILADELPHIA, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ranks #2 among research-oriented medical schools in the United States, according to U.S.News & World Report's annual survey.

The annual survey of the nation's 126 fully accredited medical schools and twenty schools of osteopathic medicine also places Penn in the top ten in the specialty areas of pediatrics, internal medicine, drug and alcohol abuse, and women's health.  Penn also ranked in the top ten among medical schools focused on primary care.

The complete survey is available online at and as a guidebook, 2012 Best Grad Schools, on newsstands on April 5, 2011.

"Penn's strong showing in the U.S.News & World Report rankings reflects the efforts of our faculty and their commitment to prepare the next generation of young men and women for a rewarding career in clinical medicine and biomedical research," said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.  "As the practice of medicine and medical research becomes increasingly more complex, we train our young physicians and scientists to take advantage of the most leading edge trends and innovations, while never losing sight of providing the best quality care possible. "

The criteria to determine the top medical schools for research and primary care included assessment by peer institutions, research activity, percentage of graduates entering primary care residencies, faculty resources, and student selectivity.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4 billion enterprise. 

Penn's School of Medicine is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $507.6 million awarded in the 2010 fiscal year.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2010, Penn Medicine provided $788 million to benefit our community.

SOURCE University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine