Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Trent Stockton
410-955-8665; [email protected]
April 1, 2005


The attached letter from the Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine thanks faculty and staff for once again making the School of Medicine one of the top rated in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's 125 accredited institutions. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation. The letter offers other details, including Johns Hopkins' medical specialty programs ranked in the top 10.

To interview leaders of the School, call Trent Stockton at 410-955-8665, or Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384.


Dear Colleagues:

Congratulations! Once again, we're in good company in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of medical schools. Of the nation's 125 accredited medical schools, only Harvard outscored The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Im happy to report weve regained the #2 spot in the rankings. Last year, we ranked #3 behind Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard and were #2 for the previous 13 years in a row. As we say each year, the differences among the top 10 are minor, and we congratulate them all.

Our school, and its extraordinary faculty and staff, also can take pride in the lineup of clinical specialties ranked tops by medical school deans and senior faculty at peer schools in the magazine's Best Graduate Schools 2005 edition that goes on sale Monday, April 4.

This year we've been ranked #1 in Internal Medicine, as well as in Drug/Alcohol Abuse (tied with Harvard) and Geriatrics; #2 in AIDS (behind the University of California, San Francisco); #3 in Pediatrics; and #4 in Women's Health.

Among Engineering specialty programs, we ranked #1 in Biomedical Engineering again. In a separate listing of top Primary Care Medical Schools, we ranked #23 (up from #46 last year). Basic sciences, public health and nursing were not reviewed this 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).

Rounding out the magazine's top 10 medical schools overall are University of Pennsylvania, University of California-San Francisco, Duke University, University of Washington, Stanford University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

We know that these rankings are not entirely "scientific," and I don't need them to treasure your hard work and accomplishments. But as Johns Hopkins and all academic medical centers continue to face intense public scrutiny, rapid change, and economic challenges and uncertainties, it is extraordinarily gratifying to me that others recognize your unflagging commitment to excellence. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Edward D. Miller, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine