John A Burns School of Medicine Moves Up in Best U.S. Medical School Rankings

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John Burns School of Medicine

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i Mānoa has moved up in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report lists of “Best U.S. Medical Schools” in both Primary Care and Research.

JABSOM’s Primary Care program is ranked 57, jumping up nine places from 2013’s rankings. Research earns the 78th spot, up four places*. The U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of professional school programs are based on both expert opinion and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to the magazine. JABSOM has consistently ranked in the top 100.


JABSOM also has led the nation for three years in extramural research funding (including gifts and faculty practice income) among land grant universities without a university hospital. In FY 2013, external funding at the school totaled $57 million.

The rankings come at a frenetic time for U.S. medical schools. This Friday, March 21, is “Match Day”, when fourth-year medical students from across the country will be matched into post-MD training slots through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The Match is conducted simultaneously across time zones in America. Sixty-two MD Candidates at JABSOM will learn where they have matched in a ceremony which begins at 6 a.m. in the Medical Education Building Auditorium at JABSOM’s Kaka`ako campus.

In residency training, newly minted MDs practice under faculty supervision while honing their skills in a medical specialty or sub-specialty, and working toward board certification and licensure. JABSOM, in partnership with the Hawai`i Residency Programs, Inc., will be placing residents into its programs through NRMP on Match Day. More than 230 physicians are currently training at health centers in Hawai`i through the JABSOM residency programs. The new cycle of residency training begins July 1, 2014.

*UH-JABSOM tied in Primary Care at 57 with Yeshiva University in New York and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia; and tied in Research at 78 with the University of South Florida and the University of Louisville medical schools.





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