The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has once again made the list of top-ranked schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings for 2020. In addition to GW’s continued presence on the overall school list, the SMHS pediatrics and physician assistant (PA) studies programs have also been ranked.
“These rankings are a positive reflection of the work that we as an institution put into our students, our curriculum, and our research,” said Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81, RESD ’85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of SMHS.
Continuing on its upward trajectory, SMHS is ranked among the top medical schools across the country in both research and primary care. This year, the school climbed up the list to No. 60 in research and No. 67 in primary care. GW’s pediatrics program ranked among specialties this year as one of the top 25 pediatrics programs in the United States.
The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children through superior research, education, and outreach. Housed at Children’s National Health System, the department’s cutting-edge technology, innovative practices, and renowned physicians and researchers provide students and faculty with an unmatched environment to learn and grow.
Medical schools are ranked based on indicators such as quality assessment, research activity, student selectivity, faculty resources, and primary care rate. Specialties are based on rankings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of surveyed schools.
The PA program at SMHS ranked high this year among health specialties, maintaining a spot as one of the top 5 PA programs in the country.
The PA program is committed to transforming patient care through equitable, evidence and team-based patient-centered care. Its faculty and staff are dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities to develop future clinicians.
U.S. News surveyed 170 PA programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Schools were rated based on the quality of programs as determined through peer assessment of deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline ranked.