Miller School Moves Up Again in U.S. News’ Medical School Rankings

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to rise in national rankings, climbing to No. 44 in the 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Under the leadership of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., the Miller School of Medicine has risen 12 spots in the past 10 years in U.S. News’ annual ranking of the nation’s top research medical schools. Last year, the Miller School ranked No. 45.

“Our medical school’s steady rise in the rankings reflects the commitment of our students, staff and faculty to the University of Miami’s mission of transforming lives through education, research and service,” Goldschmidt said. “It is also an indicator of the high caliber of the students in our programs.”

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Executive Dean for Education and Policy, noted that the Miller School has high standards for admission, accepting only a very small fraction of applicants.

“We foster our students’ clinical, research and leadership skills so they can build rewarding professional careers and make lasting contributions to medicine,” he said. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the teaching faculty, not only for their superior skills but also for their willingness to change and innovate as we emphasize newer learning environments at the Miller School of Medicine.”

The Miller School has also achieved a high national ranking based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. According to data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Miller School rose from No. 42 to No. 41, with a grant total of $97,351,176 — higher than any other medical school in Florida.

This year, six Miller School departments ranked in the top 20 nationally in research funding against their peers: Neurosurgery (No. 4), Public Health Sciences (No. 8), Ophthalmology (No. 8), Urology (No. 14), Otolaryngology (No. 16) and Neurology (No. 17). In addition, 12 of its departments made rankings gains — including one, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which jumped 20 points among its peers.

According to the latest U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” report, the Miller School’s physical therapy doctoral program is No. 10 in the nation. The program has consistently ranked in the top 10 since U.S. News began ranking physical therapy programs in 1995.

U.S. News’ rankings are based on a weighted average of eight indicators, including quality assessment, peer assessment, research activity from the National Institutes of Health, student selectivity and faculty resources. The data come from statistical surveys sent to administrators at 170 medical schools; 116 schools provided the data needed to calculate the rankings.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” guidebook is available online at

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