A top national ranking for the UNC School of Medicine means more than prestige to its leaders — it means a continued commitment to treating North Carolina’s patients.
The school was ranked No. 1 for primary care by U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time, the school announced on March 12.
Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care, said the ranking — featured in the magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2014 issue — is a great achievement, and primary care has continuously been a strong part of the school’s program.
“We need more doctors, and this ranking as number one in primary care is something we want people across the state to know about because it’s such an important part of delivering medical care these days,” he said.
The school, which enrolls 782 students, also tied for 22nd in overall research and ranked second in family medicine, fifth in rural medicine and tied for ninth in AIDS.
Roper said that since the school was ranked by its peers, it’s clear that the rest of the country recognizes the program’s strength.
“We are a medical school that does a tremendous job of training medical students and residents in the primary care specialties, and do it with a strong commitment to research and teaching together,” he said.
Dr. Warren Newton, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and vice dean for education in the school, said the primary care ranking reflects a team effort and a commitment to health care reform.
“We played a role in statewide initiatives like improving roles in practice that don’t just help in Chapel Hill but also for the state,” he said.