April 5, 2007
Contact: Jerry Carey
Phone: (973) 972-3000
UMDNJ Programs Named ‘America ’s Best’
NEWARK — The annual list by U.S. News & World Report of America’s top graduate schools for 2008 includes the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine among the best medical schools in America. Each year, the magazine surveys all the United States medical schools and then ranks them in ten different categories. The magazine named the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School among the country’s best for research and the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine for geriatric medicine. In the health programs category, the physician assistant program at the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions was named one of the country’s best.
“We’re very proud that U.S. News & World Report and our peers around the country have recognized the extraordinary strengths of some of our programs,” said Dr. Bruce C. Vladeck, interim president of UMDNJ. “This speaks to the level of commitment and success of UMDNJ in training the next generation of healthcare professionals.”
To create the list of America’s best medical schools, U.S. News & World Report surveyed the 125 medical schools fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, plus the 20 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. The rankings are based on a weighted average of such indicators as peer and residency director assessment, faculty research activity, student admission test scores, and student undergraduate grade-point average. The health program rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.
A complete list of all categories considered for this year’s edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” is available on the U.S. News & World Report website at http://www.usnews.com/sections/rankings/index.html.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,700 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.