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UMass Chan School of Medicine ranks 10th nationally for primary care education

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TH Chan School of Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School is ranked 10th in primary care education by US news and world report in its 2023 ranking of America’s top graduate schools. UMass Chan also ranks 47th in research and Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing is 44th in the best nursing schools for doctor of nursing practice programs.

A significant percentage of Chan School of Medicine graduates enter primary care residency programs each year. This year, 69 students were matched in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics, representing 42% of the class. Fifteen students enter emergency medicine and 14 obstetrics-gynecology. Fulfilling the medical school’s mission to care for Commonwealth citizens, 69 members of the class will complete all or part of their residencies in Massachusetts, including 36 staying at the UMass Chan campuses in Worcester and Springfield.

“UMass Chan Medical School is experiencing an unprecedented moment in its history,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins. “This recognition comes as we prepare to train a new class of extremely skilled and compassionate doctors and nurses and exceptional scientists trained by a world-class faculty who have made our mission their passion: to advance health and well-being of communities around the Commonwealth and around the world. The hard work of our faculty and the dedication of our students are reflected in everything we do.

The latest rankings follow a year of transformative growth at UMass Chan.

In September, the University of Massachusetts announced a historic $175 million gift from the Morningside Foundation, the Chan family’s investment group and philanthropic foundation, to UMass Medical School. The unlimited gift nearly doubled the medical school’s endowment as it celebrated 50 years of nurturing future doctors, nurse leaders and biomedical scientists and its Nobel Prize-winning research enterprise hit $400 million. In recognition of this donation, the three graduate schools of the renamed UMass Chan Medical School were renamed TH Chan School of Medicine, Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing, and Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

In December, a new community outpatient clinic for VA Central Western Massachusetts veterans opened on the UMass Chan Worcester campus, where it will serve a growing population of veterans in the area and supplement training at UMass Chan. Also in 2021, the construction of a new teaching and research building was started and construction is progressing rapidly.

Most recently, UMass alumni Dan and Diane Riccio pledged $15 million to advance ALS and neuroscience research at UMass Chan, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center donated $2 million to support nanoscale imaging technology to detect, track and investigate viruses with pandemic potential.

UMass Chan staff, faculty and students have been on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts since 2020, launching the statewide Vaccine Corps initiative to recruit and deploy volunteers.

“We are very proud of the hard work and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Professor Celia and Isaac Haidak, Executive Vice Chancellor, Provost and Dean of TH Chan School of Medicine. “In the face of almost unimaginable challenges, they have adapted and, in fact, thrived, creating a learning environment that is truly top 10. Remaining so true to a mission and so determined to excel is the hallmark of a great institution and we see that here literally every day.

Tan Graduate School of Nursing’s ranking rose from 47th place last year to 44th this year. “We are proud of the impact of our Doctor of Nursing Practice program, especially on primary care staff,” said Joan Vitello, PhD, Dean of the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing. “Two-thirds of our graduates have become advanced practice nurses in primary care through our Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner pathways.

US news and world reportsurveyed 192 medical schools accredited in 2021 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association. The rankings of the 130 respondents are based on faculty resources, academic performance of incoming students, and qualitative assessments of schools and residence directors. The ranking of nursing schools included 158 doctoral programs in nursing practice out of 199 surveyed.

UMass Chan has been among the top in the primary care teaching category since 1994, when the magazine began publishing the rankings. The primary care ranking incorporates two metrics for graduates entering primary care: the percentage of 2019-2021 graduates entering primary care residency and the percentage of 2013-2015 graduates practicing primary care specialties.

The research ranking includes two measures of research productivity: total federal research grants and contracts 2020 and federal research funding 2020 by faculty. Doctoral programs in nursing practice are evaluated on their research activity, faculty resources, student excellence, and qualitative expert ratings.

“This is a world-class medical school,” said Marty Meehan, president of the University of Massachusetts, during a recent visit to UMass Chan. “It’s a leader in primary care and the research done here changes lives.”

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