NYU School of Medicine Ranked Top-20 on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” Rankings
March 11, 2014 - 8:00am
NYU School of Medicine is pleased to announce it was ranked #19 out of 129 medical schools for research on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings issued today. This is the first time that the School has ranked among the top 20 institutions by U.S. News since 1994. Up from #34 in 2007, the rise over the past seven years represents one of the fastest increases in national ranking among major universities in the history of the survey.
Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report named NYU Langone to its 2013-14 “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll, and designated 12 specialties to its national listings. “Such synchronicity and momentum between the hospital and school rankings, as designated by a single external evaluator, highlights the integrated and translational way we all work together,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center. “Aligning the educational mission of our School with the clinical care and research performed throughout our hospitals center is a tremendous and ongoing effort, and I am so proud of our faculty and staff for making our school an invigorating and innovative environment for everyone who works and studies here.”
U.S. News & World Report uses a range of statistical factors to evaluate a school’s faculty, students, and research enterprise. The analysis includes assessments by deans and residency directors, research funding, and the grade-point averages and MCAT scores for incoming students. In 2013, the last full year reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NYU School of Medicine ranked #21 in funding among U.S. medical schools. Against the backdrop of ever-increasing NIH budget cuts, this was an impressive—and rare—improvement from 2012, when NYU School of Medicine was listed #24. The innovations and biomedical insights that flow from the school’s robust research enterprise are vital to the medical center’s ever-expanding reach and reputation.
In recent years NYU School of Medicine has earned national attention by reimaging medical education. This includes the Curriculum for the 21st Century program (C21), which was implemented in 2010 and integrated clinically relevant science and patient-centered care from the first year of medical school, the avant-garde three-year MD program, and the school’s growing dual degree program that offer students individualized education – a central tenant of C21. Additionally, NYU School of Medicine’s commitment to integrating cutting-edge technology into its training programs has led to the creation of the 3D BioDigital Human, the virtual microscope, the educational data warehouse, and the new Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, which is focused on future advancements.
Other key drivers that influenced the School’s top-20 ranking include the increase in the average MCAT score and undergraduate GPA for admitted students. In addition, the School saw an improvement in its reputational score among the nation’s residency program directors, which also contributed to the result.
The school’s resiliency in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is another tremendous example of the continued strength of the medical school. This ranking comes just 16 months after NYU Langone was closed for two months due to damages sustained from the superstorm that severely impacted the entire region.
The full new rankings and data can be found on the U.S. News website.
In addition to U.S. News & World Report rankings, NYU Langone is a recipient of a growing number of accolades recently received. Of note, NYU Langone scored number one for overall patient safety and quality among leading academic medical centers across the nation that participated in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) 2013 Quality and Accountability Study. In addition, the medical center received the UHC Quality Leadership Award for demonstrated excellence in the delivery of high-quality care, achieved five stars for its overall performance. The Niagara Health Quality Coalition named NYU Langone to its “Honor Roll” for three consecutive years, and continues to recognize the medical center on its list of “America’s Safest Hospitals.”
Deborah (DJ) Haffeman