U.S. News Ranks Washington University School of Medicine Third in Nation

April 1, 2005 – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is rated the third best medical school in the nation, according to this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate and professional programs released April 1.

The School of Medicine ranked third after Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, which moved into the second spot in this year's ranking. The No. 4 slot went to the University of Pennsylvania.

The report also revealed the School of Medicine's students had the highest undergraduate grade-point averages and the highest scores on medical school entrance exams. Additionally, the medical school ranked second in grant dollars from the National Institutes of Health per faculty member.

"This is the eighth consecutive year the School of Medicine's students have had the highest undergraduate grade-point averages and highest scores on medical school entrance exams," said Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. "The medical school has remained in the top 10 since U.S. News began the annual rankings in 1987."

Numerous specialty areas at the medical school also were listed among the nation's best. Internal medicine and pediatrics ranked sixth in the nation, drug and alcohol abuse program tied for 12th, and the AIDS program tied for 19th.

In this year's overall medical school standings, after fourth-place University of Pennsylvania, the rest of the top 10 are, in descending order: University of California-San Francisco, Duke, University of Washington, Stanford, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (N.Y.).

The newsstand book America's Best Graduate Schools is slated to hit newsstands on Monday, April 4. Many of the 2005 rankings will appear in the April 11 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which will be on newsstands April 4, as well.

A complete list of the most current rankings for all Washington University schools, departments and programs is available at: http://news-info.wustl.edu/rankings/.

Last updated 4/1/05