HSC Weekly 2010-04-15
Keck School of Medicine of USC Ranking Improves in U.S. News and World Report Annual “Best Graduate Schools” Listing
The Keck School was listed in a three-way tie with Boston University and Dartmouth Medical Center.
The Keck School of Medicine of USC improved its ranking by five places in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report’s Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools.
Moving up five spots from the 2010 rankings, The Keck School now ranks 34th in research, and was listed in a three-way tie with Boston University and Dartmouth Medical Center.
USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy ranked number one in the annual listing, a ranking it has held since 2004.
The new rankings will appear in the May 2010 issue of U.S. News and World Report and are available online at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools.
Moving up five places in this ranking of American medical schools is a strong indication that the significant accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students are attracting national attention," said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A. "This ranking, on the heels of the recent eight-year accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, shows that the Keck School is advancing with tremendous momentum."
In fall 2008 and early 2009, 126 medical schools and 20 schools of osteopathic medicine were surveyed for the ranking. Medical schools are ranked based on student selectivity admission statistics (MCAT, GPA, and acceptance rate) and faculty to student ratio, as well as National Institute of Health research grants.
The Keck School's recent success in obtaining record research funding is a significant factor in the school’s improved rankings. Keck’s numbers for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants spiked, from $144 million in federal FY08 to $177,500 million in Federal FY09, the period reported for the 2011 rankings. NIH research grants per faculty member also jumped from $121,000 to $144,000. The grants number includes awards to Keck affiliates: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Doheny Eye Institute, and House Ear Institute.
Sixty-six percent of the Keck School's fiscal year 2009 award total of $195.5 million in sponsored program funding comes from federal sources, primarily the NIH. Recent grant funding includes:
• $16 million from the National Cancer Institute to establish the Physical Science-Oncology Center, led by prostate cancer specialist David Agus, M.D. and physical scientist Daniel Hillis, Ph.D. The five-year grant focuses on creating a set of “virtual cancer” models that will be used to simulate cancer growth and predict drug responses for patients.
• $10.4 million from the National Cancer Institute to enhance the USC Epigenome Center. The grant made it possible for the center, directed by Peter W. Laird, Ph.D., USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, to join the Cancer Genome Atlas, a nationwide consortium that will map molecular changes in cancer.
• $9 million in NIH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to Pat Levitt, Ph.D., director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and James Knowles, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science to create a map of how genes are expressed in different regions of the brain throughout development.
In another indication of success for the Keck School, in early April the school was awarded the maximum eight-year full accreditation from the Liasion Committee on Medical Education, the best results achieved since 10-year accreditation was granted in 1981.
In addition to the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy’s number one ranking, the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy ranked number three in the nation. Both divisions are housed within the USC School of Dentistry.
The health rankings in physical therapy and occupational therapy are based solely on the results of peer as¬sessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.
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