Published on October 29, 2011 at 5:44 AM
Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University stressed the need for more ethnically and racially diverse physicians given the demographics of the U.S. "Having doctors that you can relate to improves care," he said. Dr. Spiegel highlighted the high incidence of health disparities in the U.S. as a key driver for the lower average life expectancy in the U.S. as compared with countries in Western Europe which spend far less per person on health care than the U.S.
The deans and the audience for the panel discussion - which included many medical students and prospective students - agreed that the U.S. News ratings do little to reflect the educational quality of each medical school or its commitment to community service.
The summit was moderated by Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News & World Report, and included Robert Morse, director of data research at U.S. News, who has led the rankings project for years. They both agreed to consider all feedback on the rankings methodology and potentially collaborate more with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which collects data that may better inform the U.S. News rankings.
Source: Mount Sinai School of Medicine