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Wake Forest Baptist’s Medical Training Programs Nationally Ranked

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University School of Medicine ranks 14th in geriatrics, 30th in primary care and 41st in research among the nation's medical schools in the 2006 edition of the book “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S.News & World Report.

In research, the annual ranking shows Wake Forest tied with the University of Cincinnati. In primary care, Wake Forest is tied with Emory University and Michigan State University. In geriatrics, the medical school is tied with University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine. The rankings appear in the April 11 edition of the weekly newsmagazine.

The annual report on best graduate schools began in 1990 and includes programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on opinions from experts about program quality as well as statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The magazine also ranks training programs in other health disciplines. Wake Forest Baptist’s program to train physician assistants is ranked 13th in the nation, and its joint program with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to train nurse anesthetists is ranked 10th. These rankings are from 2003; the magazine did not re-rank them for the 2006 edition.

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Media Contacts: Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu; or Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu, at 336-716-4587.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. It is licensed to operate 1,282 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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