March 27, 2018

School of Medicine earns U.S. News & World Report rankings

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US NewsThe UAB School of Medicine ranks among the nation’s best medical schools, according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools Rankings.” It ranked No. 37 in medical primary care, No. 32 in medical research, and No. 15 in obstetrics and gynecology.

“The School of Medicine has made tremendous progress during the past year in a number of areas, and we are grateful to have that recognized in these rankings,” said Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for Medicine. “One of our missions is to train primary care physicians for the state of Alabama. Our training, research and clinical programs in all facets of primary care at UAB provide a world-class experience for our patients and our trainees.”

The School of Medicine’s research program runs the spectrum from cutting-edge basic science discovery to data sciences and health outcomes research. “Our research enterprise continues to make a significant impact in science, propelling us toward the top 20 in NIH funding,” noted Vickers.

The UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology boasts innovative educational programs, groundbreaking research initiatives and a robust clinical practice. “Its ranking in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report is a reflection of its reputation as a national leader,” said Vickers.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine, including specialties in each area. The rankings in these six areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Indicator and opinion data come from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals in the ranked disciplines. The surveys were conducted during the fall of 2017 and in early 2018. In each field, rankings of programs in various specialty areas based on reputation data alone are also presented.

The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on a rotating basis, usually every three years. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties.

U.S. News made a number of key updates to the methodologies this year. For the most detailed explanations of these changes, read each program’s specific methodology.