MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine has received its highest ever national ranking for an educational program, coming in at number three in rural medicine. The ranking is published in the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and available online at  

Last year, the School of Medicine was tied at number nine in rural medicine.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” Norman Ferrari, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs in the WVU School of Medicine, said. “We have had a required rural health experience in our curriculum for more than two decades. Our students have embraced this learning experience as a valuable part of their education. It has influenced many to stay and make West Virginia their home – that’s been especially important in rural areas of the state.”

The School of Medicine overall was ranked No. 85 for research institutions, and No. 66 in primary care.

The specialty rankings are based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty in the nation’s 126 accredited medical schools and 23 accredited schools of osteopathic medicine. The medical school research and primary care rankings are based on various factors, including student selectivity admission statistics, faculty-to-student ratio, research activity, and the number of students choosing primary care.

“Our improved ranking in rural medicine speaks strongly to our intense commitment to improve the health and wellness of West Virginians,” Dean Arthur Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., said. “But as we train the next generation of West Virginia's healthcare providers, we want to be No. 1.  The people of West Virginia deserve nothing less.”

The 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” also included lists of other health sciences schools and programs which were ranked last year:

WVU School of Pharmacy – No. 26
Physical Therapy – No. 62
Occupational Therapy – No. 116

This year’s edition also included the nursing school rankings from 2011, which listed the WVU School of Nursing as No. 99 for its graduate program. Earlier this year, U.S. News released its ranking of online programs, and graduate nursing was ranked at No. 21.

“Recognition like this can be useful for students who are deciding where to go for their medical and health professional education,” Chancellor for WVU Health Sciences Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., said. “It’s also really important to us, because it means that our efforts are valued throughout the country. We take very seriously our responsibility to transform lives and eliminate health disparities in West Virginia.”

Other graduate programs throughout WVU were included in the publication, led by the College of Law, which jumped 10 spots to No. 91.

The U.S. News and World Report 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” will be available in bookstores April 9 or online at the U.S. News Store.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
alj: 03-12-13