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Wake Forest Medical Training Programs Nationally Ranked

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University School of Medicine ranks 18th in family medicine, 20th in geriatrics, 25th in primary care and 41st in research among the nation's medical schools in the 2007 edition of the book “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S.News & World Report.

In family medicine, Wake Forest tied with Jefferson Medical College, Michigan State University and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In geriatrics, the school tied with Baylor College of Medicine and the School of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. In primary care, Wake Forest tied with Harvard University and the University of New Mexico.

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’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 2007 edition.

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

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University School of Medicine 18th in family medicine, 20th in geriatrics, 25th in primary care and 41st in research among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 32nd in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Almost 150 members of the medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.

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