UCSF ranked second nationally for drug and substance abuse research programs

By Laura Kurtzman and Nicholas Roznovsky | Based on an article originally published on UCSF News

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The UC San Francisco School of Medicine was ranked second for drug and substance abuse research in this year’s U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate schools. The rankings also make UCSF the top public university for graduate drug and substance abuse research in the nation.

UCSF’s drug and substance abuse research efforts are spread out across multiple departments and divisions, with the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry playing key roles and working collaboratively on many fronts. Within the Department of Psychiatry, notable graduate research programs include the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program, the UCSF Postdoctoral Traineeship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research at the San Francisco Treatment Research Center, and the UCSF Substance Abuse Research Program at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

In addition to drug and substance abuse, the School of Medicine also ranked in the top 10 in five other specialty areas: family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health. It placed third nationwide in both research and primary care education – and was the only school of medicine in the nation ranked in the top five schools in both.

“Today’s doctors need to bring the latest research into their clinical practice to provide the best care for their patients,” said Talmadge King, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. “We’re pleased to be credited once again with delivering exceptional training in both.”

The U.S. News medical school rankings are based on data provided by schools, as well as surveys of deans, deans of academic programs and heads of internal medicine or directors of admission. Other factors include the amount of funding that faculty receive from the National Institutes of Health, the rates at which graduates enter primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine, how selective the school is in admitting students, and the ratio of full-time science and clinical faculty to medical students.

Medical specialty areas are ranked based on ratings made by medical school deans and senior faculty at peer institutions who were asked to identify up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty.

Results are published in the magazine’s 2016 issue of “Best Graduate Schools,” which appears online today.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service. UCSF Psychiatry has an organizational structure that crosses all major UCSF sites - Parnassus, Mission Bay, Laurel Heights, Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

UCSF Psychiatry has also been ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation's top providers of psychiatric care and for having one of the country's top five residency training programs. With basic, clinical, and translational research efforts being conducted at all of the UCSF campuses and affiliated sites throughout Northern California, UCSF Psychiatry consistently ranks as one of the top academic departments in the nation for annual NIH funding.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.