UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER’S TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE RANKED IN TOP 50 MEDICAL SCHOOLS

April 12, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Centerâ??s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was ranked among the top 50 medical schools in primary care this year, according to recently released rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

This is the fourth year in a row that TCOM has been ranked in the top 50 medical schools for primary care.

â??In the last four years, we have garnered national recognition in medical education with some leading-edge efforts in curriculum reform, the use of medical simulation for training, and a unique rural track program to train physicians for rural Texas,â? said Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The ranking for 2005 was lower than last yearâ??s 26th place ranking for primary care. Dr. Hahn said that this yearâ??s drop in ranking may have been affected by the confusion brought about when the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas closed and the loss of several of our affiliated residency training programs.

â??In addition to our undergraduate medical education initiatives, Fort Worthâ??s medical school continues to work in partnership with Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth as a partner in their residency training programs in family medicine and internal medicine,â? Dr. Hahn said. â??TCOM also has ties to many other graduate training programs throughout Texas.â?

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of the schoolâ??s faculty, research and students.

To gather the opinion data, U.S. News and World Report surveyed deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1, which was marginal, to 5, which was outstanding. Professionals who hire new graduates were also surveyed for the rankings.

This year in the medical school category, the total dollar amount of research grants awarded per full-time science and clinical faculty member from the National Institutes of Health was added to the methodology although the greatest weight for the rankings was still given to peer ratings.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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