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BCM Among Top 20 Medical Colleges In U.S. News & World Report

March 13, 2013

For the third year in a row Baylor College of Medicine has improved in the rankings in U.S. News & World Report, moving up to No. 18 among all research-intensive U.S. medical schools.

“These numbers show the growing strength of the Baylor College of Medicine community as a whole, making us the highest ranked medical school in Texas as well as in the southwest region,” said BCM President and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman. “We will continue to move forward as we focus on our missions of education, healthcare, research and community service.”

BCM is in the top 15 percent of schools that were ranked, jumping from last year´s No. 21 position. U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of top graduate schools in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and social sciences and humanities on March 12.

Selection criteria

The U.S. News annual rankings are based on medical student GPA and MCAT scores, student selectivity, faculty-to-student ratio, National Institutes of Health funding for the medical school and grant dollars per investigator, as well as a reputational component from surveys of medical school deans, deans of academic affairs, heads of internal medicine and directors of admissions.

“Our outstanding trainees, faculty, staff and affiliated teaching hospitals along with our tremendous Board of Trustees, alumni and community supporters have kept us moving forward in this competitive environment,” Klotman said. “This ranking assures that the very best students, residents, physicians and scientists will continue to be attracted to Houston and to Texas.”

Additional rankings

BCM also ranked 24th among top medical schools in primary care, and the pediatrics program ranked number eight among all pediatric programs reflecting the strong partnership with Texas Children´s Hospital, where BCM faculty care for pediatric patients and our students and residents train.

U.S. News & World Report did not conduct new surveys this year for physician assistant, nurse anesthesia or biological sciences for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Nationally, the Graduate School is ranked 26th in the biological sciences. The School of Allied Health nurse anesthesia program is ranked fifth and the physician assistant program is ranked sixth.

Rice University and the University of Houston were also listed among the top graduate schools in the nation. Rice, where BCM students can obtain an M.B.A. while pursuing their M.D., was ranked among the top 50 U.S. business schools at number 30. The University of Houston Law School, where a combined M.D./J.D. dual degree program is available for BCM students, improved its rank entering the list in the top 50 law schools at number 48. The UH Health Law program ranked eighth and the Intellectual Property Law program ranked seventh in the nation.

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