The primary care, family medicine and pediatrics programs at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center’s School of Medicine have been ranked among the nation’s best, and are listed in the Top 10 in their categories in the 2008 edition of graduate school rankings by U.S.News & World Report.
In the news magazine’s most recent America’s Best Graduate Schools report, the primary care program at the UCDHSC School of Medicine ranks third nationally – up from last year’s sixth place ranking. The family medicine program moved to seventh, up from 12th last year, tying with University of California-San Francisco. The UCDHSC School of Medicine’s pediatrics program ranks seventh nationally, consistent with last year’s rankings. In addition, the physician assistant program ranks eighth.
In the category of the top schools in the nation for medical research, the UCDHSC School of Medicine ranks 23rd, up from last year’s 26th place ranking, tying with Emory University, Mayo Medical School, and the University of Virginia. The UCDHSC biological sciences PhD program ranks 48th in the country.
"We are honored to once again be receiving these top rankings. We are proud of these programs and all of the others offered at the UCDHSC School of Medicine, where our faculty and students work together as we advance science and improve care," said Richard Krugman, MD, dean of the UCDHSC School of Medicine.
In the 2004 edition of the U.S.News & World Report rankings, when nursing was last ranked, the UCDHSC School of Nursing ranked 15th nationally for its master’s degree program. This year, the nursing master’s program again ranks 15th in the nation, tying with Case Western Reserve University, Duke University and Indiana University. In addition, the clinical nurse specialist program ranks sixth; the nurse practitioner (adult) program ranks eighth; the nurse practitioner (family) program ranks fifth, tying with the University of Maryland; and the nurse practitioner (pediatric) program ranks third.
"I am delighted that this national survey recognizes the superb quality of our faculty and students in our academic programs and clinical practices," said Patricia Moritz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor for the UCDHSC School of Nursing.
Each year, U.S.News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine, based on expert opinion about program quality as well as statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.
UCDHSC School of Medicine faculty rank fourth out of 75 public medical schools in the country for NIH research expenditures; fifteenth among all medical schools (125 total). As in the past, NIH grants accounted for a majority of all sponsored research awards for medical researchers during fiscal year 2006, amounting to 56 percent of all grants received. Another 5 percent came from other federal funding resources, and 6 percent came from private medical and scientific associations and foundations.
The balance was contributed by hospitals and universities, industry, state and local governments and international funding. Overall, the UCDHSC system received research grants totaling $374 million in fiscal year 2006, with 1,799 biomedical and basic science research grants making up the bulk of the funding at $350 million.
The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center is one of three universities in the University of Colorado system. Located in Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the center includes schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry, a graduate school and a teaching hospital. For more information, visit the Web site at www.uchsc.edu.