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Volume 9, Number 13Space holderApril 1, 2005

Message from Dean Ramsey

Dear Colleagues,

For the 12th consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report annual graduate and professional school rankings, released this week, list the UW School of Medicine as No. 1 among medical schools that excel in primary-care training. The UW School of Medicine also continues to be ranked as the best in the United States for teaching medical students about family practice and rural medicine.

Congratulations and thank you for continuing to make the UW a leader in medical education and biomedical research.

The UW School of Medicine ranks first among public institutions, and second among all institutions, after Harvard Medical School, in receipt of funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UW School of Medicine is reported in U.S. News as receiving $506.2 million in NIH funding in fiscal year 2004, up from $488.5 million in the previous year.

The UW was the only medical school to place in the top 10 in teaching each of the eight ranked disciplines. In addition to its No. 1 rankings in teaching family medicine and rural medicine, the UW medical school's education programs tied for No. 4 in AIDS, ranked No. 6 in women's health, No. 7 in geriatrics, No. 7 in internal medicine, tied for No. 8 in drug abuse and alcohol, and tied for No. 9 in pediatrics.

The UW's graduate program in bioengineering, jointly administered by the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine, ranked No. 4.

The UW School of Medicine is known for the unusual breadth and depth of our programs, from basic research to primary-care teaching. I would like to thank our faculty in the Puget Sound area and throughout the WWAMI region for their commitment to graduate and professional education, and for their efforts, through the new College system, to take a national leadership role in continually improving medical student education and preparing future physicians for the demands and personal rewards of their profession. I would also like to thank our scientists for the excellence of their biomedical research endeavors.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of UW faculty. I believe that the U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect the impact of these collaborative efforts on our teaching and research programs. Your excellent work is greatly appreciated.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine

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