UF College of Medicine rises in national rankings

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Courtesy of UF Health

The UF College of Medicine moved up two spots in the U.S. News & World Report’s national research rankings while remaining Florida’s top-ranked medical school, according to a new graduate medical school report released Thursday.

The College of Medicine went up from No. 37 last year to No. 35 in the country for research and joined the No. 7-ranked College of Veterinary Medicine in the national rankings.

In the graduate school rankings released in April, the College of Veterinary Medicine moved up from No. 9 to No. 5 among veterinary colleges at public universities nationwide.  

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“These rankings validate what our talented faculty and staff strive for every day — to strengthen our position among the nation’s best in medical research and education,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, in a press release. “UF Health’s continued presence among the country’s elite medical schools is a direct result of our collective talent, ambition and determination.”

The College of Medicine’s research ranking is based on factors that include faculty-to-student ratio, federal research funding, acceptance rate, and a nationwide survey of faculty and academic administrators.

“At the UF College of Medicine and across the health sciences campus, inspiration is always close at hand,” said Dr. Colleen G. Koch, dean of the College of Medicine and the Folke H. Peterson Dean’s Distinguished Professor, in the press release. “As a leader in biomedical research, artificial intelligence development and many other disciplines, we pursue significant discoveries while educating the next generation of physicians, scientists and care providers. It is exceptionally gratifying to see those efforts come together in a way that improves lives close to home and around the world.”

In September, U.S. News listed UF No. 5 as one of the nation’s top public research universities for the second straight year.  

Over the past year, UF announced in July it reached $1 billion in annual research spending, placing UF among a preeminent group of about 15 public research universities nationwide. In May, Heartland Forward ranked UF No. 1 among public universities in moving research innovations from the lab to the marketplace. 

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