The neuropsychiatry department at UC San Diego has a reputation for being one of the best neurology schools in the country, but a new survey finds the school ranked in the bottom half of the U.S. for learning and working with autism.
The results were released Monday by the neuropsychiatric clinic’s faculty, which includes neurosurgeons and neurologists.
A similar survey from 2016 found the university ranked second in the nation for learning, but was still in the middle of the pack for autistic spectrum disorders.
The survey also found the hospital was one of just three schools in California that had fewer than 10% of its students on a path to success.
“We are proud to be ranked as one of California’s best neurologic medical schools, but we are disappointed in the results, as this was one area where our faculty did not live up to our expectations,” said Dr. James W. Brown, a neuropsychologist and professor of neurology and psychiatry.
“In the U of C, our faculty members learn in a classroom setting, not in a hospital setting, which makes us an ideal place for autistic patients.”
The university did not respond to a request for comment.
The University of California, San Diego, is one of several medical schools that have reported that they have significantly more autistic patients than the national average.
In February, the state legislature passed a law requiring hospitals to provide the highest-quality care for autistic children and adults.
The bill passed by the state senate was signed into law by Gov.
Gavin Newsom last year.
UC San Francisco is one that has also reported significant increases in the number of autistic students in the past year.
However, it has also been ranked as the worst of all medical schools for learning.
The hospital has reported that the number in its system who have been diagnosed with autism has increased by nearly 80%, according to data compiled by the hospital’s board of directors.
According to the data, there were 7,564 students with autism in the UC San Antonio campus in 2014-15.
That number had increased to about 10,000 by the end of that school year, but the board reported that only 1,851 students had been diagnosed in that year.
The university reported that more than 2,000 students had also been diagnosed as having autism by the time they were admitted to the hospital.
“While we would like to see more students admitted with autism, we are still far behind in educating them about autism and their spectrum of symptoms and needs,” said a statement from UC San San Antonio president Mark Waid.
“Our staff, faculty and students have to work hard to meet this demand, and that is why we have invested in additional supports to support the academic achievement of our students.”
Brown said the university’s autistic population is “not at the point where we are having enough children in the community.”
The survey was conducted by the neurology clinic in February.
The UC San Marcos campus had the lowest percentage of autistic children in its academic year of 2014-2015, but Brown said it’s been on the rise since then.
UC Irvine, a medical school in Southern California, was in the top five nationally for autistic students.
UC Davis, a liberal arts college in California, has the highest percentage of students with autistic spectrum disorder in the state.
The average student in UC Davis has been diagnosed three times, and UC Irvine has more than one student with autism per 100 students, according to the survey.
The National Institutes of Health says that about one in 10 U.C. students with learning disabilities have autism.
“The neurophysiology department at the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best schools in our country for autistic learners,” the university said in a statement.
“It is our responsibility to work with students who may be experiencing developmental difficulties in their lives, to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and to ensure that all students are learning and thriving.”
The department also reported a significant increase in the numbers of students who have autism over the past five years, from less than 10,500 in 2013-14 to 18,871 in 2016-17.
In 2014-19, the UC Davis population of autistic patients increased from 3,724 to 6,813, according the survey data.
UC Berkeley reported an increase in autism from 9,938 in 2014 to 12,717 in 2016.
“As a university, we do not underestimate the importance of a student’s well-being,” the statement from the university read.
“Therefore, we will continue to provide every possible resource to assist students in their journey to success.”
The report from the neurophysiological clinic was the second of two surveys released Monday on learning and learning with autism at UC Davis.
The first was released in 2016, and the second, which also included data from 2015, was released last month.