U Of M Medical School Drops In Research Rankings
The University of Minnesota Medical School dropped nine spots to 44th in the research category in the latest ranking of college medical schools from U.S. News and World Report. The university ranked 35th for research on last year’s tally.
U.S. News & World Report released its latest rankings last week. The research rankings include a number of factors such as a poll of peers and the grades of program students. One of the strongest components of the research ranking is the total grants awarded to a school from the National Institutes of Health.
On its latest list, the top three schools ranked for research are Harvard University, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. The Rochester-based Mayo Clinic School of Medicine placed at number 20.
In a statement, U of M Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson pointed out that the University of Minnesota ranked seventh in U.S. News’ primary care category (up from ninth last year) and also ranked third in the rural medicine category, up from fifth place last year.
Jackson said that a combination of factors affected the University’s ranking in the research category: “While our NIH funding increased slightly, due to a combination of small declines in MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores and grades, our research ranking dropped from 35 to 44.”
Jackson also noted that the University of Minnesota Medical School was ranked 20th in a recent list compiled by StartClass, a web site that does data-driven research on education institutions.
“Our interest in rankings is based on identifying ways the medical school is succeeding, and areas where we can continue to improve,” said Jackson.