U.S. News & World Report ranks medical school among nation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina M Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Dir of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Posted: Apr 20, 2010

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the geriatric and rural medicine programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) among the country’s Top 25, in its annual listing of the “Best Medical Schools in America.”
U.S. News & World Report assessed medical schools across the country for both the quality of their research training and primary-care training. In the 2010 rankings, JABSOM’s Geriatric Medicine program ranked 18th, tied with Boston University.  JABSOM’s Rural Medicine Program, ranked 22nd, is tied with the University of California-Davis and University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The weekly news magazine’s annual listing will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2011” this week. The 126 medical schools fully accredited by the U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education, plus the 20 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, were surveyed for rankings in research and primary-care.
“The U.S. News ranking of medical schools is based largely upon reputation at the level of medical school deans and program grant funding,” said Dr. Jerris R. Hedges, dean of JABSOM. “Geriatric and rural medicine are vital areas of service need in Hawai‘i for which the medical school is providing key support to the state in the education of future doctors, clinical research, and active health service delivery.”
U.S. News says its rankings are based on measures of quality as determined by:
  • A peer assessment score derived from ratings by medical and osteopathic school deans;
  • Deans of academic affairs, and heads of internal medicine or the directors of admissions;
  • An assessment score by residency program directors;
  • Total research activity;
  • Average research activity per faculty;
  • Primary-care rate – the percentage of medical or osteopathic school graduates entering primary-care residencies in the fields of family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine averaged over the 2007, 2008 and 2009 graduating classes;
  • Student selectivity, as measured by mean Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score, mean undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and acceptance rate;
  • Faculty resources;
  • Overall rank;
  • Specialty rankings based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of schools surveyed. They each identified up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area.
For more information about the methodology and individual listings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website at http://www.usnews.com/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2010/04/15/our-new-grad-school-rankings-are-online.html.

For more information, visit: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu