- By Deb Anderson
Mayo Clinic Schools Advance in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad School Rankings
ROCHESTER, Minn. — U.S. News & World Report today released its 2017 rankings for Best Graduate Schools across the nation. Mayo Medical School and Mayo School of Health Sciences, two schools within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, advanced significantly in the findings.
“We are competing with some of the largest, well-known universities in the nation,” says Mark Warner, M.D., Juanita Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. “These high ratings reflect the commitment of our faculty to deliver the highest quality education to the extraordinary students who come to our schools.”
Mayo School of Health Sciences, which focuses on training allied health professionals, received high ratings for two of its graduate-level programs. New to the survey in 2016 are rankings for nurse anesthesia programs. Mayo’s program ranked as one of the top 10 Nurse Anesthesia training programs in the nation. The school’s Physical Therapy program moved up to garner a top 20 ranking among Best Health Schools.
“Providing the highest quality education to future health professionals is imperative,” says Michael Silber, M.B., Ch.B., Dean of Mayo’s School of Health Sciences. “With the looming physician shortage and the changing nature of health care, more and more emphasis is being placed on working in care teams – where the physician and well-trained allied health professionals each bring their expertise to the table to provide the best care for the patient.”
Dr. Silber shared that the school offers more than 125 programs, ranging from certificate level through doctorate level, and representing 55 health science careers. He notes that the school’s expert faculty, hands-on training and immersion in Mayo Clinic’s unique model of patient care and professionalism have built the school’s reputation and make graduates of these programs highly sought-after in the job market.
Long renowned for its medical degree training success, Mayo Medical School now ranks among the top 25 Best Medical Schools in the country for research, moving into 24th position according to the survey. Also showing a significant leap is the medical school’s primary care ranking at 32nd, up from 42nd last year.
Mayo’s progression in the Best Medical School rankings comes as no surprise to Michele Halyard, M.D., interim dean of Mayo Medical School. Along with other key differentiators, Dr. Halyard notes that many of the med students entering Mayo Medical School begin participating in research within their first two years and the school integrates research training into its third-year curriculum. Eighty percent of the school’s students – more than twice the national average – publish in peer-reviewed medical journals.
“We have outstanding physicians, physician scientists and dedicated researchers training the next generation of physicians to advance the science of medicine,” says Dr. Halyard. “And, while the majority of our students go on to medical specialty residencies, we also support the growing need for primary care physicians.”
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Dr. Halyard points to several factors that influence Mayo Medical School’s advancement in the 2017 survey standings. It has the highest faculty-to-student ratio among medical schools at 16-to-1 and also was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 as one of the Top 10 Most Affordable Private Medical Schools.
In 2015, Mayo’s medical school became the first school in the nation to incorporate an innovative Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum, jointly developed with Arizona State University, into its four-year medical school curriculum. The school is also teaming with the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative to share its curricula advances with other medical schools around the country.
Dr. Halyard also notes that Mayo Medical School is expanding to a national footprint that will include the original medical school in Rochester, Minnesota, a four-year campus opening in Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 and a third- and fourth-year program planned for Mayo’s Jacksonville, Florida campus. Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus will begin accepting applications for incoming first-year students on June 1, 2016.
“The culmination of these efforts is raising the visibility of our school and having a positive impact on our survey standings,” says Dr. Halyard.
The U.S. News & World Report statistical surveys are sent in late 2015 and early 2016 to more than 1,900 graduate program administrators and the reputational survey goes out to more than 18,400 academics and professionals representing educational programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. For Best Medical School rankings, data gathered gauge expert opinion of graduate school program excellence and statistical quality indicators for graduate school faculty, research and students. These include undergraduate GPA, median Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score, a school’s acceptance rate, faculty-to-student ratio, total institutional National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants acquired and NIH research grants per faculty member. The Best Health School rankings are based on peer assessment. The full new rankings and data can be found on the U.S. News website.
About Mayo School of Health Sciences
Each year, nearly 1,700 students enroll in more than 130 Mayo School of Health Sciences programs representing 55 health sciences careers. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, every student benefits from world-class instructors, innovative educational methods and extensive individualized training at Mayo Clinic, a premiere academic medical organization.
About Mayo Medical School
Originally established in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1972, Mayo Medical School is considered one of the most highly competitive medical schools in the country for admittance. Averaging more than 4,700 applications per year, Mayo Medical School traditionally accepts 54 students per enrolling class. With the opening of the Arizona campus in 2017, this enrollment will nearly double with 50 additional students on the new campus per year. The expansion to a national footprint will give the school the ability to deliver extraordinary medical education and highly diverse clinical experiences to students across all Mayo campuses.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.