Wake Forest School of Medicine Ranked among “America’s Best”

April 15, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University School of Medicine ranks 33rd in primary care and 44th in research among the nation's medical schools in the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S.News & World Report.

The School of Medicine is the only academic medical center in western North Carolina and noted for its innovations in medical and graduate student education.  Its extensive research program received $157 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2008.  The school has 939 medical and science faculty members and 537 adjunct and clinical faculty in the community.  It offers M.D., Ph.D., and M.S. degrees, including an M.S. for physicians assistants, as well as five joint degrees of M.D./M.S. in health sciences research, the M.D./Ph.D., the M.D./M.B.A., the Ph.D./M.B.A., and the M.D./Graduate Certification Program in Spirituality and Health.

Wake Forest’s program to train physician assistants is ranked 23rd in the nation, and its joint program with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to train nurse anesthetists is ranked 11th.  These rankings are from 2007; the magazine did not re-rank them for the 2011 edition.

The annual report on best graduate schools began in 1990 and includes programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on opinions from experts about program quality as well as statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

All of the rankings are listed at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.

Media Relations

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