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School of Medicine ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘most popular medical schools’ list

By ThisIsReno

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The national news magazine U.S. News & World Report recently named the University of Nevada School of Medicine the second most popular medical school in the United States, based on percentage of admitted students who decide to enroll.

“The School of Medicine’s high retention rate of admitted applicants reflects the medical school’s energetic and collegial learning environment. The staff of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs is proud to contribute to the positive perceptions of our applicants,” said Peggy Dupey, associate dean of admissions and student affairs.

For the 2010 admissions cycle (Class of 2014 entering in the fall of 2010), the School of Medicine received 1,348 applications from prospective students and interviewed 225 for admission. The School of Medicine had 62 students, or 81.6 percent of the 76 accepted, enroll for the 2010-2011 academic year, according to the magazine.

The School of Medicine admits 62 students each year for a total current enrollment of 248 medical students.

Looking beyond enrollment figures, it is commonly held that many new physicians remain and practice medicine in the community in which they complete their residency. This certainly has been the case in Nevada. At 58.5 percent, Nevada has the nation’s fifth highest percentage of physicians who chose to remain and practice in the state after completing their residency program in the state. At 81 percent, Nevada has the nation’s second highest percentage of physicians who chose to remain and practice in the state after completing both medical school and a residency program in Nevada.