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College of Medicine, Nursing Ranked Highly by U.S. News & World Report

by Alicia P. Gregory

A national news magazine ranked the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in the top 20 primary-care medical schools and the College of Nursing in the top 50 nursing master's programs in the country. The College of Medicine ranked 20th and the College of Nursing ranked 48th on the list which appeared in the March 2, 1998, issue of U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings were based on surveys of deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs. The medical school rankings also included statistical indicators like research grants, student test scores, and student placement in primary-care residencies.

"The College of Medicine's 20th ranking represents our historic, long-term and current emphasis on primary care and community medicine," says Emery Wilson, the medical school dean. "The reputation of our faculty and the quality of our students are building prestige for UK with our peers across the country."

"At the same time UK is ranked in the top-20 primary care programs, we now rank 30th in the country in National Institutes of Health research funding among public institutions," James Holsinger Jr., medical center chancellor, says. Wilson and Holsinger say future success is vitally tied to the possibility that Congress will double the funding for the NIH in the next five years. "We could see even greater success if we look for ways to link medical center and Lexington campus researchers together to pursue new NIH funds," Holsinger says.

Holsinger also believes the College of Nursing is poised to move into the top 20. "Although this ranking was based on the reputation of the master's program, our nursing doctoral program is sending out great students who have won national and international awards for their dissertations," Holsinger says. "Seeding those kinds of graduates into other colleges of nursing around the country is obviously going to have a marked impact on how we are perceived."

"In light of the fact that there are 340 master's programs eligible for ranking, our 48th rank puts us in the top 14 percent of MSN programs in the United States," Carol Williams, dean of the College of Nursing, says. "This is an important tribute to our faculty and students who have worked so hard to advance the quality of our nursing programs."