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CHOP Ranked Nation’s Top Pediatrics Department for 2020

Published on March 14, 2019 in Cornerstone Blog · Last updated 11 months ago


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For the seventh year in a row, U.S.News & World Report has ranked the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as the number one pediatrics department in the United States. 

“This sustained record of medical and academic achievement would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our entire team — including faculty, trainees, and staff,” said Joseph St. Geme, MD, Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. “I would like to extend a sincere congratulations to all those who strive to make our department an extraordinary place to work and learn.” 

For 16 consecutive years, our pediatric program has received either first or second place in the country according to the magazine’s annual listing of best medical schools and other graduate programs. These rankings are designed for prospective students looking to advance their education interests and career goals, according to U.S.News. For those seeking to train within a department that is energized by the challenges of advancing pediatric medicine, this consistently high placement demonstrates CHOP is the place to be. 

The 2020 rankings were based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty at peer schools on factors such as primary care rates, MCAT scores, faculty/student ratio, and research activity. After CHOP, Harvard University was ranked second, the University of Cincinnati took third place, with Johns Hopkins University in fourth.

“I am incredibly honored to congratulate our Department of Pediatrics, which has consistently ranked best in the nation,” said Madeline Bell, President and CEO of CHOP. “This ranking is a true testament to our faculty and staff, whose commitment to excellence in medical education is unparalleled.”

We’re so proud of our Department of Pediatrics’ amazing accomplishment!