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For Release: April 16, 2010
David Corriveau, Media Relations Officer, Dartmouth Medical School, at or 603-653-0771

Dartmouth is smallest medical school to make USN&WR top 50

Hanover, N.H.—Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) continues to rank among the nation's top medical schools, according to the newest survey from U.S News & World Report.

In the magazine's annual ranking of graduate schools, DMS came in 34th on a scale that emphasizes research and 39th on a scale that emphasizes a commitment to primary care. In the research ranking, Dartmouth was tied for 34th place with Boston University and the University of Southern California, and in the primary-care ranking DMS was tied with Ohio State University and the University of Virginia.

Dartmouth was, by a considerable margin, the smallest school ranked among the top 50 schools on the research scale. In the year on which the rankings were based, Dartmouth had 343 medical students. The next smallest school that made the top-50 research list was Cornell University's Weill Cornell Medical School, with a student body of 406.

"We're delighted to once again be recognized as one of the top medical schools in the country," said William R. Green, Ph.D., dean of Dartmouth Medical School.

The magazine surveyed 146 institutions -- the 126 schools fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, plus the 20 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Both the research and the primary care rankings are based on assessments by deans and and other senior leaders of medical schools and assessments by the directors of residency programs nationwide, as well as on the 2009 entering class's mean score on the Medical College Admission Test, the class's mean undergraduate grade-point average, the school's 2009 acceptance rate, and the faculty/student ratio.

In addition, the research ranking factors in two measures of grant activity, averaged for fiscal years 2008 and 2009: total dollars of research income from the National Institutes of Health and average grant activity per full-time basic science and clinical faculty member. And the primary-care ranking factors in the percentage of graduates who entered primary-care residencies, averaged across the classes that graduated in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The new rankings will appear in the May 2010 issue of U.S News & World Report, which will be on newsstands on April 27. The rankings are also in the new edition of the America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook, which is scheduled to be released on April 20. In addition, they are available online at


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