UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation, According to U.S. News and World Report

New guidebook lauds campus’s professional programs in engineering and medicine —

The 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools and programs in engineering and medicine. … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


In the 2017 rankings, the UC San Diego School of Medicine tied with Weill Cornell Medical College for #18 in research and ranked #21 in primary care.

In the most recent ranking of HIV/AIDS programs (conducted separately), UC San Diego ranked #11.

In other medicine-related programs at UC San Diego, the Division of Biological Sciences placed in a four-way tie for #14 with Columbia University, Rockefeller University, and the University of Chicago.

The Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering program ranked #4. UC San Diego ranked #11 in Computer Systems and #14 in Computer Science Theory.

See details of the UC San Diego School of Medicine rankings in U.S.News & World Report

UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best, According to U.S. News & World Report

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


The new rankings and medical education in the Department of Medicine:

In “Best Graduate Schools 2014” from U.S. News & World Report, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is ranked #15 in research and #39 in primary care, with the HIV/AIDS specialty program (Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) ranked #11.

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. The two divisions operate a variety of clinical and research entities including the Owen Clinic, the Antiviral Research Center, the AIDS Research Institute and the Center for AIDS Research.

U.S. News and World Report Again Names UC San Diego One of Nation’s Top 10 Public Universities

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked 8th best public university and 38th best university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges guidebook released today. For more than a decade, the publication has listed UC San Diego among the nation’s top 10 public universities. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings for medicine-related UC San Diego programs:

  • Biomedical engineering (undergraduate) – #5 in the nation
  • Biomedical/bioengineering (graduate) – #4
  • Best Medical Schools rankings
    • Primary care – #27
    • Research – #16
      • AIDS – #8
  • Biological sciences – #15
  • Chemistry – #21
    • Biochemistry – #10
  • Pharmacy – #23

U.S. News Again Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Graduate Schools

Each year, graduate programs at the University of California, San Diego are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as noted in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released today…. Read the story from the UCSD Newsroom.

UCSD School of Medicine campus in La Jolla
In the rankings just released, the UCSD School of Medicine tied with Weill Cornell Medical College for 16th in research and ranked 27th in primary care. The School of Medicine maintained its ranking as #8 in the nation for AIDS programs.

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. The two divisions operate a variety of clinical and research entities including the Owen Clinic, the Antiviral Research Center, the AIDS Research Institute and the Center for AIDS Research.  |  See details of the UCSD School of Medicine rankings in U.S.News & World Report

Top-10 Ranking for HIV/AIDS Program in “Best Medical Schools” Report

Dr. Douglas Richman

Douglas D. Richman, M.D.

The HIV/AIDS training program in the UC San Diego School of Medicine holds a top-10 position once again in the “America’s Best Medical Schools” rankings from U.S.News & World Report.

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, 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, 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.

In HIV/AIDS specialty training, two University of California medical schools are ranked higher than UC San Diego’s: UC San Francisco at first and UCLA at 6th.

Two UC medical schools are placed higher than UC San Diego’s in the research rankings: UC San Francisco at 4th and UCLA at 11th.

In primary care, three UC medical schools are ranked above UC San Diego: UC San Francisco at 5th, UCLA at 14th and UC Davis at 20th.

In the nation overall, Harvard Medical School is ranked first in research and the University of Washington School of Medicine is first in primary care.

Behind the Rankings

For the annual “Best Medical Schools” rankings, U.S. News invites all fully accredited medical schools and schools of osteopathic medicine in the nation to provide information about their own programs and to assess the quality of other schools’ programs.

In this year’s survey, 122 of 146 schools responded.

The primary care and research rankings are based on two indicators of medical school quality: descriptive data for faculty, research, and students; and peer opinions about program quality.

The research rankings depend most heavily on peer assessments from other schools and research activity as reflected in NIH funding data. UC San Diego’s School of Medicine consistently ranks as one of the top in the nation in NIH funding.

For academic years 2007-2009, 42% of the UC San Diego School of Medicine graduates entered a primary-care residency program. Nationally, that percentage ranged from 80.5% (Michigan State University) to 19.3% (University of Nevada – Reno).

That percentage was one of seven factors taken into account in the primary care rankings.

Details of the medical school ranking methodology are presented here.

U.S. News published the medical school rankings as part of “America’s Best Graduate Schools, 2011 Edition.” Patient care rankings are published in a separate edition, “America’s Best Hospitals,” to be released in July.

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High Rankings for UCSD in New “America’s Best Medical Schools” Survey

The UCSD School of Medicine ranks 15th in the nation for research and 26th for primary care in the latest edition of “America’s Best Medical Schools” from U. S. News & World Report.  |  Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Standing out for UCSD in the internal medicine-related specialty rankings is the HIV/AIDS training program, which is 8th in the U.S.The rankings were announced last week as part of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010.”Patient care programs are ranked in a separate edition, “America’s Best Hospitals,” to be released in July.

Behind the Medical School Rankings

Each year, U. S. News & World Report invites the 142 accredited U.S. medical schools to provide their own program data and to assess the quality of other schools’ programs for the “Best Medical Schools” rankings.

The research ranking depends most heavily on two indicators: peer assessments from other schools and research activity as indicated by NIH funding.

At 15th in the nation for research, UCSD is third highest among the UC medical schools. UCSF is ranked 5th for research and UCLA is 11th.

The research ranking included 120 schools this year.

The primary care ranking, which included 119 schools this year, depends largely upon other schools’ assessments and the proportion of graduates who enter primary-care specialties.

UCSD’s primary care ranking is up from 35th last year.

Over the past three years, 42% of the medical school graduates from UCSD have entered a primary-care specialty. Within the UC system, that proportion ranges from a high of 44% (UCLA) to a low of 37.6% (UCSF).

The research and primary care rankings also take into account the admissions selectivity and the faculty to student ratio at each school.

The specialty rankings are determined entirely by nomination from the deans and senior faculty of all the schools surveyed.

More information about the U.S. News & World Report ranking methodology can be found here.

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Dr. Beatrice Golomb Studying CoQ10 treatment for Gulf War illness

Dr. Beatrice Golomb and colleagues are launching a clinical trial of the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for treating symptoms of Gulf War illness.

The study is part of Dr. Golomb’s ongoing efforts to understand and treat Gulf War veterans’ illnesses. The trial is funded by the United States Department of Defense.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal MedicineOn staff at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System, she is a primary care physician for veterans.

Dr. Golomb is a respected leader in Gulf War illness research and policy. She also directs the UC San Diego Statin Effects Study.

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Medical Students Use Video and Peer Feedback to Refine Their Communication Skills in the Clinic

In a UC San Diego clinic, a patient is describing his symptoms to a medical student. The student asks questions and listens closely to discover the patient’s chief concern.It’s a normal part of her fourth-year clinical training – except that another medical student is observing and filming the entire encounter.

When the visit is over, she’ll watch the video and listen to the other student’s comments about her communication skills.Then he’ll hand her the camera. He’ll interview the next patient, and she’ll do the filming and the feedback.They’re taking part in the Paired Observation and Video Editing (POVE) project at UC San Diego.

The project is testing a new method for teaching and learning the skills that make a doctor a good communicator.

Kristin Bell, MDUC San Diego is one of 10 centers participating in the 3-year POVE project. The project is conducted as a fourth-year elective, MED 472, in the School of Medicine curriculum.

Peer learning is powerful

Year 1 of POVE has just ended, with medical students Christine Lee and Ninad Athale completing the elective last December.“The feedback they gave one another was amazing,” says Dr. Kristin Bell, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. “They taught each other.”

As Principal Investigator of the POVE Project site at UC San Diego, Dr. Bell is the course director.“It was really great to watch their progress, and it was a unique learning experience for me as well,” she says.“I think it’s very powerful to learn from your peers.”


The goal is to teach the skills that make a doctor a good communicator.


Students produce a “before and after” video

The POVE course is a four-week, full-time intensive in doctor-patient communication. The medical students work in pairs, taking turns at filming and critiquing.All of the filming is done with the patients’ consent.The students meet with Dr. Bell and Ellen Lavin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, in weekly video review sessions to talk about the interactions they find challenging.

The film footage records their progress.

At the end of the course, the students extract the best “before” and “after” clips and produce a video essay that highlights the interactions they found difficult and the ways they addressed them.


“You can learn a lot from your medical student peers.”


On December 7 of last year, POVE students Lee and Athale presented their video essays at an interactive seminar for fellow students, residents, and faculty.“They did an amazing job,” Dr. Bell says.The students’ videos will become resources for medical centers across the nation after the study is concluded.

UC San Diego part of “a nationwide learning community”

Seeing the videos and having the immediate peer feedback, which Dr. Bell says was delivered with great sensitivity, helped the medical students pinpoint the interactions they found challenging.The goal is to train the students to be their own observers. Once they are able to recognize precisely the communication skills they want to refine, they are better equipped to improve their interactions with patients.

Studies show that when a doctor communicates in an effective and caring way, patient satisfaction goes up and the average length of a clinic visit actually goes down. Both doctor and patient find the experience more positive.


A University of Washington therapist and educator is the POVE project leader.


A total of 4 students from UC San Diego will be part of the POVE study, but more may enroll in the course if they are interested. Dr. Bell is now recruiting two students for the Fall 2008 session.The POVE project is headed by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Larry Mauksch, M.Ed., a University of Washington family therapist and the overseeing investigator, calls it “a nationwide learning community.”Funding for the POVE study comes from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, whose healthcare grants are devoted to advancing caring attitudes in medical professionals.

The participating centers include community-based clinics as well as academic Family Medicine and Internal Medicine departments.

Dr. Bell credits many individuals who have worked to make the POVE project possible here. Many School of Medicine colleagues have been greatly supportive, she says, including Jess Mandel, MD, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), and the UGME Electives Committee.

Looking to the future

Dr. Bell considers how the POVE experience will influence the medical school curriculum in the future.

“Can you do more peer learning?” she says. “I think you can. You can learn a lot from your medical student peers. It’s instruction from someone you can relate to.”


“It’s powerful to see a video. As a teaching tool, it’s just limitless.”


She hopes that the POVE course concept will eventually be incorporated into the new curriculum in a different form.“As it is, the course is very time consuming,” she says. “When we design a course for the new curriculum, we need to set aside enough time to make it effective for student learning, and at the same time keep it sustainable with the faculty resources available.”“It’s powerful to see a video. As a teaching tool, it’s just limitless.”

More about Kristin Bell, M.D.

Dr. Kristin Bell has been a primary care physician and educator at UC San Diego since 2001. She is based at the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s Vista Clinic, where she is Physician Site Leader.Challenged to help veterans manage chronic pain conditions, she has trained as an acupuncturist and founded an acupuncture clinic at the VA.

A grateful patient nominated her for the American Medical Association’s Young Physician Award, which was granted to her last fall.An emphasis upon doctor-patient communication was built in to her own residency training, she says. She’s a graduate of the Primary Care track in the Medicine program at UC San Francisco.


“For me, the POVE project
is a great learning experience.”


She’s relatively new to video production, but she has a longtime passion for medical education.She chose to develop a new behavioral medicine curriculum in her project for her National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) course.It grew into an addition to the third-year Medicine Core Clerkship.

That course also uses video, among other teaching methods, to teach medical students behavioral change counseling and motivational interviewing. The goal is to help patients make healthy lifestyle changes.

It has been a required part of the curriculum here for the past three years.

Dr. Bell acknowledges and thanks her mentors Shawn Harrity, M.D., and Peggy Wallace, Ph.D., for encouraging her and helping her attain success in this area of education.

Dr. Harrity is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Wallace is Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Director of the Professional Development Center in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education.

“For me,” Dr. Bell says, “the POVE project is a great learning experience. I learn from the other POVE faculty, and especially from our students.”

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Dr. Kristin Bell Wins the AMA Young Physician Award for 2007

Dr. Kristin BellKristin Bell, MD (left), assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, has won the American Medical Association (AMA) Dr. William Beaumont Award for 2007.

Bell is an internal medicine specialist practicing in the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. She received the AMA award for her outstanding efforts in helping veterans manage chronic pain conditions.

Each year, the AMA grants the Dr. William Beaumont Award to one distinguished young physician in the U.S. for his or her contributions to medical science.

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