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Association of American Medical Colleges paints an extremely favorable picture
A 2011 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges paints an extremely favorable picture of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in terms of educational quality, performance, and cost.
Titled "Medical School Missions Management Tool," the report measures each of the nation's 125 operational medical schools against six key indicators:
1. Quality of medical education as evaluated by recent graduates
2. Selection of medical specialty based on priority health needs of the nation
3. Diversity in the physician workforce
4. Advancement of medical discovery
5. Preparing physicians to fulfill the needs of the community
6. Graduating a medical school class with manageable debt
"I think it is very significant," notes H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the school, "that LLU School of Medicine scored among the top 15 percent of medical schools in several areas. Needless to say, this is a testimony to the expertise and dedication of our faculty and students as well as a reflection of our global mission."
In the first category, a survey of LLU medical students ranked the school in the 90th percentile among American medical schools in providing quality educational experiences in internal medicine clinical clerkships.
In the second category, the school came in at the 95th percentile of American medical schools for the percent of graduates choosing family medicine as their specialty, and in the 85th percentile for those choosing primary care medicine. These two specialties have been identified by the government as national priority health needs.
In the third category, LLU School of Medicine placed in the 85th percentile of American medical schools for graduates who are Hispanic or Latino, and at the same level for faculty members who are Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Black or African-American. The dean says this indicates that the school's focus on identifying and recruiting talented students from underserved minority groups is succeeding.
In the fifth category, the school scored in the 95th percentile in the education of student physicians in women's health issues and in culturally appropriate care for diverse populations.
Despite being very pleased over most of the results, the dean is glad that LLU School of Medicine did not score anywhere near the highest rankings in one important category.
"The sixth category is the cost of attending medical school," he explains. "We are happy to report that LLU School of Medicine came in at the 65th percentile when compared to in-state graduates and way down at the 15th percentile for out-of-state graduates.
"What that means," he concludes, "is that while students at the School of Medicine are receiving an education that ranks among the best in the nation, they’re paying less for it than their counterparts at many other schools, including several with quality indicators far below ours."
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