MUSC receives Top 10 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's Best Medical Schools

Heather Woolwine

May 6, 2010

MUSC receives Top 10 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's Best Medical Schools

Annual survey cites Institute of Psychiatry, Neurosciences

CHARLESTON -- The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) has been ranked for drug and alcohol abuse medical education in U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of Americaís Best Graduate Schools, published online at

The collaborative efforts of CDAP, the Division of Clinical Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry, and Addiction Neuroscience faculty in the Department of Neuroscience are ranked in the top 10 academic institutions for their educational and training efforts in alcohol and substance abuse for 2011.

"We are honored to be among the nationís top institutions that were selected as the best in training the next generation of addiction researchers and clinicians," said Raymond Anton, M.D., Distinguished University Professor and CDAP director. "This is a great honor for our well-recognized faculty and a tribute to their work, which attracts many of the brightest new trainees to initiate their careers here at MUSC under their mentorship." Raymond further noted that recent scientific advances discovered at the laboratory bench, as well as in the clinical arena, are translated into improved care for those suffering from addictions not only in the Low country and South Carolina, but across the nation. Recent strides in brain imaging research and medication treatment therapies related to drug and alcohol addiction have garnered national attention and accolades in recent months. Itís this commitment to collaboration and cutting-edge research that has landed MUSC within the rankings once again.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 12,400 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2009. The statistical indicators used in our rankings of business, education, engineering, law, and medical schools fall into two categories: inputs, or measures of the qualities that students and faculty bring to the educational experience, and outputs, measures of graduates' achievements linked to their degrees. Different output measures are available for different fields.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.7 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit or