UMN Medical School ranking slides from 35th to 44th in nation

The annual U.S. News and World Report medical school rankings dropped the University’s Medical School nine spots

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

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The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

David Clarey

The University of Minnesota Medical School’s research ranking continues to drop after declines in grades and MCAT scores.

In the latest U.S. News and World Reports medical school research rankings, the University ranked 44 out of 86, down from 35th last year.

Its rankings mirror slides in National Institutes of Health grants to the Medical School.

In NIH grants — which the University’s Board of Regents tracks — the program has fallen from 28th in 2012 to 32nd in 2015.

NIH funding increased slightly last year, Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson said in an emailed statement.

Administrators, regents and lawmakers have said they want to see the Medical School’s ranking increase.

To help increase its ratings, the University has prioritized hiring and retaining elite faculty members, among other initiatives.

“Our interest in rankings is based on identifying ways the Medical School is succeeding, and areas where we can continue to improve,” Jackson said in the statement. “We have actionable plans in place to continue to increase our national prominence.”

Still, in other areas of U.S. News and World Report’s report, the University’s ranking increased.

In rural medicine, the Medical School jumped from 5th to 3rd, while the school increased its primary care ranking to 7th.