CU School of Medicine among best medical schools in country

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The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 12 on the primary care rankings of medical schools and No. 30 on the research rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Each year, U.S. News compiles listings of medical schools in these two general categories based on surveys and data reviews of accredited medical schools in the United States. The magazine then assigns rankings to schools using its own criteria to assess the information, which includes peer assessments provided by professionals at other medical schools.

This year, the magazine considered 152 medical schools and 33 schools of osteopathic medicine. Of those 185 institutions, 120 responded and provided the data that U.S. News needed to calculate its rankings.

On last year’s U.S. News listing, the CU School of Medicine was No. 9 for primary care and No. 32 for research.

“The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is among the best academic medical centers in the country because of the excellent work of our faculty, staff, students, and partners,” said CU School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD. “We are continually striving to fulfill the needs of our students, patients, and community by investing in programs, facilities, and people that make our School even stronger.”

The magazine also provides rankings of specific specialties based on ratings provided by medical school deans and senior faculty from surveyed schools. University of Colorado School of Medicine programs that were ranked in the top 10 among were:

  • Family Medicine No. 7
  • Pediatrics No. 6

The School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program ranked No. 7 on the magazine’s separate listing of Best Graduate Schools Health Specialties Programs.

Colorado SPH moves up eight places

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is ranked No. 23 in the nation, along with nine others, out of 177 Master of public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), according to the U.S. News rankings.

ColoradoSPH moved up eight places from No. 31 out of 50 schools that were last ranked based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and faculty of accredited public health degree programs or schools. The last time U.S. News ranked schools and programs of public health was in 2014; the public health rankings occur every five years.

The school, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018, is now ranked in the top 25 of all schools in the country offering the Master in Public Health (MPH), and accomplished this within its first decade.

“I am delighted by this new ranking,” said ColoradoSPH Dean Jonathan Samet, MD, MS. “We will continue to move up as we develop new programs and advance our research.”

Guest contributors: Mark Couch, CU School of Medicine; and Tonya Ewers, Colorado School of Public Health

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