From the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR.ORG)

A large number of changes in the NIH awards file were made for consistency so that the computer program would parse the data in a meaningful way. For example, when the same organization was given two names they were combined into a single entity. For example, the ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE was also named the ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, INC. There may be additional errors in the ALBERT EINSTEIN data owing to the recent shift in the fiscal control of the School of Medicine from Yeshiva University to the Montefiore Health system. Sometimes it takes five years for all of these changes to appear in the downloaded award records. In a similar fashion, the ranking of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine dropped from 10th (2015) to 49th (2016) owing to the fiscal separation of the clinical departments/hospital from the University. 

Additionally, the term SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY was changed to SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE in column I of Tables 3 and 4. Also for the sake of consistency, the term OVERALL MEDICAL (column I) was changed to SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE. Several years ago 40% of all the funds awarded to a single medical school were credited to OVERALL MEDICAL. Today OVERALL MEDICAL involves multiple SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE, but not at the 40% rate. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota has been accepting medical students since 1972, but it is not listed as a Medical School. We’ve included it as one of the SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE. However, none of its Departments are ranked because their awards were attributed to NONE in the NIH DEPT COMBINING NAME (column H). 

In one case the same PI's name was entered with and without a middle initial, which was changed to include the initial. Also a Department name (INTERNAL MEDICINE/MEDICINE) was misstated as MEDICINE in column H of Tables 3 and 4, and it was changed so that the computer would parse it correctly. Awards made to the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center Support were attributed to DERMATOLOGY, while the PI is in the Department of UROLOGY; the relevant tables were changed to reflect the current situation. 

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Created 5 January 2017 Updated 16 January 2017