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UNM medical school ranks 18th in nation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks 18th in the country for primary care, and two of its programs chart among the top 15 nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The publication’s newest rankings put UNM’s rural medicine program at No. 3, and its family medicine program 11th.

U.S. News & World Report has rated UNM’s rural medicine in the top five since 1996, according to a UNM news release. This year, the program tied with the University of Minnesota for No. 3, sitting behind the University of Washington and the Oregon Health and Science University.

The primary care ranking was based on seven indicators, including peer assessment, the percentage of the school’s graduates who enter primary care residencies, and student selectivity. Specialty program rankings are based on ratings from medical school deans and senior faculty at the schools surveyed, according to the magazine’s website.

Dr. Paul Roth

Dr. Paul Roth

“Our ability to quickly but thoughtfully develop research and health care initiatives for all New Mexicans has kept us at the forefront of both rural medicine and primary care education,” Dr. Paul Roth, UNM School of Medicine dean said in a statement. “These national rankings directly reflect our priorities in training our health care work force, and reaffirm that we are addressing New Mexico’s unique health challenges and opportunities in providing quality health care.”

The magazine’s newest graduate school rankings also put UNM’s School of Law 77th, its School of Engineering 99th and its College of Education 148th. UNM’s College of Nursing and Anderson School of Management were unranked, a description the magazine used for schools that did not provide enough data to be ranked.