I’m writing to share that the Stanford College of Medication will withdraw from U.S. Information & World Report’s “Finest Medical Colleges” survey and rankings. We made this resolution after intensive deliberation in regards to the methodology with colleagues and members of our neighborhood. Finally, we consider that the methodology, because it stands, doesn’t seize the total extent of what makes for an distinctive studying surroundings.
As educators, now we have a profound duty to honor and assist these weighing an schooling at Stanford College of Medication. To assist potential college students higher consider their choices, beginning March 1, 2023, we’ll start independently reporting information about our medical faculty’s efficiency.
Our metrics will mirror and assess the efforts and accomplishments of our college in schooling, analysis, and affected person care in addition to the innovation and affect of college and trainees on biomedicine and their roles in creating tomorrow’s leaders. Our reporting may even symbolize our tripartite mission and key priorities that our college students have recognized as necessary to their instructional expertise, together with entry to intensive affected person care and analysis alternatives. Furthermore, our course of will mirror our core values, emphasizing range, fairness, and inclusion, and can be sure that our metrics are measurable, verifiable, and clear. We welcome alternatives to debate our metrics with key stakeholders as they’re finalized.
Though we’re withdrawing our participation within the U.S. Information rankings, it is very important word that the publication might proceed rating our establishment primarily based on publicly obtainable information. I additionally wish to underscore that this doesn’t change Stanford Well being Care’s or Stanford Medication Youngsters’s Well being’s participation within the U.S. Information “Finest Hospitals” rankings. Medical faculty and hospital rankings are separate and impartial and use totally different methodologies.
Deciding the place to attend medical faculty is likely one of the most necessary selections a scholar could make. For a lot of, it units the inspiration for a lifelong profession in service of others. We consider that our resolution, together with these of a rising variety of peer establishments, is important to guide a long-overdue examination of how medical schooling high quality is evaluated and introduced to aspiring college students.
Lloyd Minor, MD
Dean, Stanford College of Medication