Jeffery Gold, M.D., chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center photographed in his office in the UNMC campus in Omaha on Friday, May 1, 2020.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Medicine among the nation's top 10 best primary care programs. In its 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday, March 30 the college's primary care program is sixth out of 123 institutions, up from 12th last year. Primary care is considered family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or internal medicine pediatrics.

UNMC also ranked high among newly established categories in the percent of 2012-2014 graduates practicing direct patient care in rural areas - 17.34% with a ranking of fifth in the country out of 159 schools. In addition, UNMC ranked 26 of 159 schools in the percentage of 2012-2014 graduates practicing in primary care specialties 36.1%. Data for the rankings came from a variety of sources including statistical surveys, reputation surveys, academic experts' ratings and peer assessment data.

“We’re proud of the accomplishments of these and all of our programs and the faculty, staff and students who support them,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD. “Rankings in primary care and rural practice are especially gratifying in our efforts to increase health professionals in the state, particularly in many rural areas where access to care remains a challenge for Nebraskans. In spite of the pandemic, enrollment in our programs still grew to a historic level for the 20thstraight year.”

During Match Day this month, 58 percent of UNMC students matched in primary care. “The rankings reflect the commitment of our faculty and med center community during unprecedented times of adjustment,” said UNMC’s Dele Davies, MD.