March 11, 1996
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The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine received the second highest ranking in a survey of 125 research-oriented medical schools according to the seventh annual ranking of graduate schools published by U.S. News & World Report.
Hopkins ranked first in the specialties of drug and alcohol abuse and geriatrics, and second place in AIDS research, internal medicine, pediatrics and women's health. The school received an overall score of 98.6, just behind number one ranking Harvard, which received a score of 100, and just ahead of Yale, which had a score of 96.7. The survey appears in the March 17 issue of the magazine, currently on the newsstands.
The rankings, which include all 125 United States medical schools, are based on reputation among medical school deans and faculty, and directors of intern-residency programs, as well as amount of research money awarded by the National Institutes of Health, average medical school admission test scores of students and faculty-student ratio.
For the second year in a row, Hopkins placed ahead of Yale University.
"I'd like for Hopkins to be number one," says Catherine DeAngelis, vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at Hopkins. "But Harvard is an excellent medical school. And being second to Harvard will make us work harder."
Research activity counted for 30 percent of the research ranking score. The magazine ranked Hopkins fourth in the amount of NIH grant money awarded to researchers ($185 million), while Harvard ranked first ($439 million).
"But Harvard has six hospitals, each of which gets NIH funding," DeAngelis says. "As an individual hospital, Hopkins ranks first in the amount of NIH funds."
In order to determine rankings, the magazine gave a value of 100 percent to the highest score in each category. The other schools were ranked according to how close their percentage score was to the number one school.