Rankings for 2012

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Rankings for 2012

Welcome to a Special edition of Round Table, highlighting 2012 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

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I am pleased to share with you news of the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings for America’s Best Graduate Schools.

UVA School of Medicine is ranked 22nd in the nation for research (compared to 25th last year) and 20th for primary care (compared to 39th last year). UVA is one of just five schools in the mid-Atlantic region, including Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be included in the top 25 in the research category.

UVA Today features our rankings and those of other graduate programs across Grounds: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=14452.

Top Medical SchoolsU.S. News ranked 123 medical schools in the survey. Metrics fall into three broad categories: peer assessment; NIH research grants, made up of total grants and grants per faculty member; and education, made up of enrollment, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rates, MCAT scores, faculty-student ratio and out-of-state tuition and fees.

While state funding continues to decline, our efforts to obtain stimulus funding are unparalleled and have created a significant boost to the University's research. However, with stimulus grants expiring and more cuts to the NIH budget looming, research funding is likely to become more challenging. It is important that we continue to obtain funding from the federal government, foundations and industry, and build upon the momentum gained by the stimulus boost.

The School of Medicine’s ability to attract the best and brightest applicants continues to increase each year. The advent of the NxGen Curriculum with its focus on active learning set in the new Claude Moore Medical Education Building with its unique Learning Studio and Clinical Performance Education Center has had an impact on the quality of our students and the education they receive.

Arguably, this is the most exciting time for education in the history of the School of Medicine. It is wonderful that our innovative approach to medical education is being recognized by students, our alumni and our peers around the country and the world.

The University is determined to become a world-renowned research center and the School of Medicine is playing a leading role in recruiting world-class faculty, building research facilities, and leading the way in education.

While it is easy to overplay the importance of rankings, I do want to thank all faculty and staff for your hard work and your dedication to our mission. We can all be proud of the work we do every day and our contributions to medicine, patient care, the university and our community.


Respectfully, Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP