HARVARD starts trend....STOPS rankings,self reports

25 Jan 2023 07:40 #1 by homeagain
www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/fea...hru&utm_medium=email




On the heels of last week's news that Harvard Medical School would no longer submit data to or participate in the annualopens in a new tab or window U.S. News & World Report rankings, other institutions have followed suitopens in a new tab or window.

As of press time on Tuesday, top schools, including Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, Stanford School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, had also announced their withdrawals. The medical school decampment follows a group of the nation's top law schools last yearopens in a new tab or window.

Katrina Armstrong, MD, dean of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, detailed the school's intention to withdraw from the U.S. News rankings in a letter sent to staff and studentsopens in a new tab or window late last week and shared with MedPage Today in an email on Tuesday, noting that she wanted to "speak to one driving factor in our decision that goes to the essence of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons."

The U.S. News medical school rankings "perpetuate a narrow and elitist perspective on medical education," she wrote. "Their emphasis is on self-reinforcing criteria such as reputation and institutional wealth, rather than measuring a school's success in educating a diverse and well-trained cohort of doctors able to change medicine for the better and meet society's needs."

"Their focus on standardized test scores comes at a time when it is widely understood that prioritizing these scores rewards well-resourced applicants without regard for selecting the individuals who can best serve the future needs of a diverse and changing world," she added.

However, Armstrong also pointed out that the medical school recognizes that in making the decision to withdraw from the U.S. News rankings, there is a need to establish "effective means for sharing information" with prospective students.

"I look forward to productive discussions and innovative thinking across the larger medical education community on this matter," Armstrong wrote, adding that Columbia "will be actively engaged in this effort, exploring ways to provide consolidated data that is both meaningful for prospective students and ensures accountability."

In a letter announcing Stanford School of Medicine's withdrawalopens in a new tab or window from the rankings, Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the school, wrote that, "Ultimately, we believe that the methodology, as it stands, does not capture the full extent of what makes for an exceptional learning environment."

He said that, beginning March 1, Stanford School of Medicine will begin independently reporting data about its performance.

"Our metrics will reflect and assess the efforts and accomplishments of our faculty in education, research, and patient care as well as the innovation and impact of faculty and trainees on biomedicine and their roles in developing tomorrow's leaders," Minor wrote. "Our reporting will also represent our tripartite mission and key priorities that our students have identified as important to their educational experience, including access to extensive patient care and research opportunities."

He further explained that the medical school's process will "reflect our core values, emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will ensure that our metrics are measurable, verifiable, and transparent," adding that opportunities to discuss the school's metrics with stakeholders will be welcomed as they are finalized.

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25 Jan 2023 09:31 #2 by FredHayek
Yes, let the college grade itself. LOL. I wish I could have graded myself in college. I deserve an A in Business Calculas because I wrote my answers in a loving and inclusive way.

So eventually every medical school will have its own grading system? Doesn't sound like that will help students and parents determine the best facility.

President Obama: Never underestimate Joe Biden's ability to f*** things up.

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25 Jan 2023 09:44 #3 by homeagain
he U.S. News medical school rankings "perpetuate a narrow and elitist perspective on medical education," she wrote. "Their emphasis is on self-reinforcing criteria such as reputation and institutional wealth, rather than measuring a school's success in educating a diverse and well-trained cohort of doctors able to change medicine for the better and meet society's needs."

"Their focus on standardized test scores comes at a time when it is widely understood that prioritizing these scores rewards well-resourced applicants without regard for selecting the individuals who can best serve the future needs of a diverse and changing world," she added.


However, Armstrong also pointed out that the medical school recognizes that in making the decision to withdraw from the U.S. News rankings, there is a need to establish "effective means for sharing info
with prospective students.

(with the recent highly publicized scandal of "buying admissions by the elites "......the time to CHANGE
measurements is overdue. JMO )

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25 Jan 2023 10:47 #4 by Rick

homeagain wrote: He further explained that the medical school's process will "reflect our core values, emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will ensure that our metrics are measurable, verifiable, and transparent," adding that opportunities to discuss the school's metrics with stakeholders will be welcomed as they are finalized.

Ah yes, diversity and “equity” is so important to them. Does this mean they will no longer discriminate against Asians? What a joke.

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