UC Davis study challenges magazine's medical school rankings

Monday, August 5, 2013

On the surface, it might seem self-serving for UC Davis School of Medicine to rip into the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings that rate it below the nation's elite primary care schools.

One might suspect it was sour grapes by a medical school unhappy with its rankings.

The school poured four years of research and almost $10,000 of its own grant funding into a stinging academic critique of the news magazine's ranking methodology.

"These findings raise questions regarding the ranking's validity and usefulness," said the paper, published this month in the journal Academic Medicine.

A primary problem, the paper said, is that the magazine essentially is conducting an opinion survey. This results in wild swings in a medical school's year-to-year standings.

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