U.S. News Lists UAMS Graduate Schools Among Best in Nation

By todd

MARCH 30, 2007 |  Four University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) programs are featured in the latest U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which hits newsstands April 2.

The UAMS College of Medicine geriatrics program placed in the top 10 geriatric programs in the nation for the fifth year in a row. This year, as last year, the program ranked 10th. Others in the top 10 are Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Duke University in North Carolina, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Harvard University in Massachusetts, University of Washington, Yale University in Connecticut, and University of California – San Francisco.

The UAMS College of Medicine primary care program, which includes family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, ranked 45th among top medical schools in the nation. UAMS tied with Mayo Medical School in Minnesota, University of Florida, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and University of Utah.

The UAMS College of Nursing master’s program ranked 40th. UAMS tied with Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Loyola University Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Rochester in New York; University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Wayne State University in Michigan.

The magazine did not freshly rank Colleges of Pharmacy, but included its 2005 list in which the UAMS College of Pharmacy ranked 46th out of 54 top schools.

“We are very pleased to be counted as one of ‘America’s Best Graduate Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. “Our students are receiving some of the best instruction available, and since many of our graduates remain in the state to practice, that benefits all of Arkansas.”

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics is one of the country’s few academic medical departments dedicated to the care of senior citizens. David A. Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., is department chairman and director of the affiliated Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.

Debra H. Fiser, M.D., is dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, Claudia Barone, Ed.D., R.N., is dean of the UAMS College of Nursing and Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., is dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.