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Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program Nationally Ranked

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The physician assistant (PA) program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine is ranked 23rd in the nation by the 2008 edition of the book “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report.

There are 137 PA programs in the United States, but only 99 are graduate-level programs included in the rankings.

Graduates of the Wake Forest program complete 24 months of study and are awarded a master’s degree in medical science. One class of 48 students is enrolled in early June each year. The program emphasizes problem-based learning strategies in small groups.

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.


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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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