March 30, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT : Gary Stephenson
The attached letter from the Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine thanks his faculty and staff for once again making the School of Medicine one of the top rated in U.S. News & World Reportís annual ranking of the nationís 125 accredited institutions. The Hopkins School of Medicine is ranked number two in the nation, a position it has held for the past 11 years. The letter offers other details, including significant ranking gains in several other Hopkins specialty medical programs from last year.To interview officials of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, call me at 410-955-5384.
Thereís nothing I enjoy more than sharing good news. For the 11th consecutive year, youíve made The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine one of the top two medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Reportís annual ranking. And weíre closing the gap on #1. Of the nationís 125 accredited medical schools, only Harvard outscored Hopkins, coming in #1 with an overall score of 100. Hopkins was a close second with a score of 94, up dramatically from 73 points last year.
Weíve also moved up significantly from last year in specialty programs ranked best by medical school deans and senior faculty. This year weíve been ranked #1 in Pediatrics, up from a third-place ranking last year; and tied with Harvard for #1 in Internal Medicine, up from second place last year; and ranked #2 in Geriatrics, after being ranked #3 last year. We tied for #2 in AIDS, up from #3, and also tied for #2 in Drug/Alcohol Abuse, up from fourth place last year. In Womenís Health, we rose to third place, up from fifth last year. Because we offer no programs in Family Medicine and Rural Medicine, two areas ranked by the magazine, we were not ranked in those specialties.
In programs ranked by engineering school deans and senior faculty, the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Program again ranked #1. No rankings were compiled this year for biological sciences programs or schools of nursing; they are done every other year.
According to the magazine, it bases its medical school rankings on a combination of two reputational surveys (one of deans/senior faculty and another of directors of intern-residency programs) and objective data (such things as research awarded to the medical school and all its affiliated hospitals, student selectivity, and faculty resources).
Other medical schools in the top tier are Duke University #3, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis tied for #4, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons #6, University of California-San Francisco #7, Yale University #8, and Stanford University and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor tied for #9.
During these times of economic uncertainties and myriad other pressures on academic medical centers, it is extraordinarily gratifying to me to see that others recognize your continued commitment to excellence. Thanks to each and every one of you.
Edward D. Miller, M.D.
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dean, Medical Faculty
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