The Medical School is losing ground to other institutions in the area of research. The
Medical School’s ranking in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding dropped from
15th in 1982 to 27th in 1999. The National Research Council ranking of our biomedical
graduate programs dropped from the 20s in 1983 to the mid 30s in 1995. The Medical
School faculty does not have a National Academy member, and only one Howard Hughes
Medical Institute investigator, who was recently recruited from another institution.
Increased demands on clinical faculty members to spend more time on patient care and
less time on research, a lack of growth in the number of Medical School faculty, lack of
consistent funding for biomedical graduate programs, and a lack of incentives to retain
the most productive researchers contribute to these negative trends.
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