U.S. News evaluates the nation’s medical schools every year for the quality of their training programs in research, primary care, and selected internal medicine specialties including HIV/AIDS.
The new rankings, released April 15, 2010, place the UC San Diego School of Medicine 10th in the nation in HIV/AIDS specialty training, 16th in research training, and 28th in primary care. A total of 122 medical schools are included in the rankings.
“The department’s clinical and research programs in HIV/AIDS have been a model for how the concerted efforts of faculty, fellows and support staff can make a major difference in the lives of patients with the devastating disease,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P., Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.
In the HIV/AIDS specialty, the Department of Medicine offers research and clinical training via the teaching activities of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases.
Those divisions operate a variety of clinical and research entities including the Owen Clinic, the Antiviral Research Center, the AIDS Research Institute (now The HIV Institute), and the Center for AIDS Research.
“Over the years at UCSD, we have been fortunate in accumulating and retaining a remarkable group of outstanding clinicians, basic, translational and clinical investigators involved in the care and study of HIV/AIDS,” said Douglas D. Richman, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Medicine and the Florence Seeley Riford Chair in AIDS Research.
Dr. Richman, Director of the UCSD Center for AIDS Research, has served as principal investigator of UCSD’s AIDS training grant for many years.
“UCSD investigators have made remarkable contributions in the areas of treatment and pathogenesis,” he said. “In recent years, we have enhanced our strength with outstanding programs in epidemiology and global health.
“What is special about UCSD,” Dr. Richman said, “is the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of HIV/AIDS research which has been fostered by our Center for AIDS Research.”
The UC San Diego School of Medicine has 1,035 full-time faculty members, of whom over 420 are in the Department of Medicine.
The Department’s 2009 research funding amounted to more than $113 million, not including grants received through the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, the San Diego VA Healthcare System, and the Veterans Medical Research Foundation.
The U.S. News rankings of medical specialties, including HIV/AIDS, are based on the opinions of medical school deans and senior faculty members who are asked to name the schools that offer the best training programs in each specialty.