US News and World Report Partners With Mount Sinai to Present an Exclusive Summit About Medical School Rankings

Mount Sinai and US News & World Report have joined forces to present a roundtable with medical education experts to discuss how US News ranks medical schools.

New York
 – October 27, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine and US News & World Report have joined forces to present an exclusive roundtable with prominent medical education experts to discuss how US News ranks medical schools and the efficacy of its methodology. Entitled "The Impact and Future of Medical School Rankings," the summit will be held on October 27, 2011 at Mount Sinai's Hatch Auditorium, located at 1468 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rankings of medical institutions play an instrumental role in students' criteria for applying to medical schools. They enable institutional leadership to assess their quality assurance by allowing them to understand their performance, develop best practices, and provide effective and efficient training. They also provide quality indicators to governments, society, and industry. However, they can also be controversial.

The rankings, released annually in the US News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue, are based on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. Information is obtained through surveys of program directors, academics, and professionals. Criteria used in the rankings include peer assessment surveys, research activity, grade point averages, MCAT scores, and NIH funding.

U.S. News & World Report holds several meetings each year with higher education experts to field their suggestions and criticisms about college rankings and understand the latest campus trends. These consultations with college presidents, deans, institutional researchers, and high school counselors offer insights into how ranking methodology and data collection can be improved, as well as how institutions can better assess their efficiencies to assist students with obtaining their goals.

The forum held at Mount Sinai, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the U.S. News & World Report "Best Medical Schools" publication, will mark the first collaboration of its kind on a medical school campus. Panelists will include U.S. News & World Report executives and editors and distinguished experts from numerous institutions, who will collectively weigh in on how to effectively capture reputational activity in the surveys and offer an accurate reflection of the results. Brian Kelly, Editor of U.S. News & World Report,will moderate the sessions.

"It is a great honor for Mount Sinai School of Medicine to host this forum, which aims to broaden transparency, data accuracy, and first-hand recommendations between medical institutions and U.S. News & World Report," remarked Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Mount Sinai views this opportunity as a way to forge a multi-institutional collaboration with U.S. News & World Report and enhance the objectivity and accuracy of the reported data.  The findings through this partnership will contribute to a more accurate and thorough landscape of medical schools nationwide so prospective students can more accurately choose the optimal path for embarking on their careers and their future impact on society and medicine."

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About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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