Miller School Moves Up to #46 in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Strong Education and Research Programs Lead to 10-Position Rise Since 2006

Demonstrating its push for excellence, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has climbed to Number 46 in the 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report

Under the leadership of Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, the Miller School has moved up from a Number 56 ranking in 2006 – a rise of 10 positions in the past eight years.

“Our climb in the national rankings reflects the improving caliber of our medical students, master’s students and Ph.D. (research) students, the advances in our education curriculum and the world-class quality of our researchers and educators,” said Goldschmidt. “We are deeply committed to excellence in all aspects of the Miller School’s mission, including education, research and clinical care.”

Noting the ongoing transformation of the nation’s healthcare landscape, Laurence Gardner, M.D., Executive Dean for Education and Policy, said the Miller School’s learner-centered curriculum will reflect those changes, including an increased emphasis on wellness and preventive care. Among the innovative programs offered to Miller School students is one of the few four-year M.D./M.P.H. dual degree programs, with 150 students already enrolled, which uses the latest technological advances while promoting global health approaches.

“Our students have access to state-of-the-art educational and clinical resources that are training them to become caring, compassionate and effective physicians in the future,” said Gardner.

Despite across-the-board reductions in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the latest rankings in NIH funding also reflected gains for the Miller School, which placed in the top 40 nationally and saw six departments rise in rankings this past year.

Omaida Velazquez, M.D., Executive Dean for Research, Research Education & Innovative Medicine, pointed to the importance of a collaborative spirit as one of the keys to the Miller School’s high ranking. “Our researchers bridge diverse disciplines and share their knowledge with other institutions and corporate partners,” said Velazquez, who also holds the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. “In that way, we are training the next generation of physician scientists, who will bring new knowledge from ‘bench to bedside’ to improve clinical care here and around the world.”

In its new issue, U.S. News also ranked the Miller School’s physical therapy graduate program at Number 9 in the nation. The UM physical therapy doctoral program has consistently been in the top 10 since U.S. News began ranking physical therapy programs in 1995.

“Our faculty and students are leaders in clinical practice, scholarly activity and community service,” said Sherrill H. Hayes, Ph.D., PT, professor and Chair Emeritus of Physical Therapy. “It is gratifying to have our program continue to receive this national recognition.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. In the medical school research rankings, 114 schools provided the data needed to calculate the rankings. The medical school research model is based on a weighted average of eight indicators including quality assessment, peer assessment, research activity from the National Institutes of Health, and student selectivity.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” guidebook will be on newsstands April 8, 2014.

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