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April 1, 2005

UW tops national primary care medical school rankings for 12th straight year

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The University of Washington again has been ranked first among primary care medical schools in the country, according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided by U.S.News & World Report.

America’s Best Graduate Schools 2006 Edition, a book published by U.S. News & World Report, contains a section on the UW medical school in which writer Justin Ewers observes, “Opportunities outside primary care for UW medical students include working with award-winning researchers and rubbing elbows with 5 Nobel Prize laureates and 25 National Academy of Sciences members.”

The School of Medicine also was ranked the7th top research school.

Academic specialties in the medical school that were ranked highly include: Family medicine (first for 14th year in a row), rural medicine (first for 14th year in a row), AIDS (4), women’s health (6) internal medicine (7), geriatrics (7), drug and alcohol abuse (8), and pediatrics (9). The UW School of Medicine was the only medical school in the country to rank in the top ten in all specialties.

The bioengineering program, jointly administered by the School of Medicine and College of Engineering, was ranked 4th in the country.

According to U.S.News, the School of Medicine is second among all medical schools and top among public schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Other top 10 UW graduate and professional programs newly ranked this year include the sex and gender specialty in sociology (4), the social psychology specialty in sociology (10), and the special education specialty in education (9).

In comparison with last year’s rankings, the College of Education rose from 31 to 17, the Business School rose from 27 to 18 and the College of Engineering rose from 25 to 24.