The best medical schools, according to US News

U.S. News & World Report on Monday released its annual Best Medical Schools ranking, which include separate lists recognizing leading schools for research, primary care, and each of eight specialties.

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To determine the research and primary care rankings, U.S. News in fall 2018 and early 2019 surveyed 185 accredited medical and osteopathic schools in the United States. Of the schools surveyed, 120 responded with the data needed for inclusion in the rankings.

Methodology for research rankings

For the research rankings, U.S. News assessed each school's performance based on a weighted average of the following indicators:

  • Quality assessment, including assessment scores on a five-point scale from medical and osteopathic school deans, deans of academic affairs, and heads of internal medicine or directors of admissions, as well as assessment scores by residency directors;
  • Research activity, including total dollar amounts of NIH research grants and dollar amounts of NIH research grants awarded per total full-time faculty members;
  • Student selectivity, including median MCAT scores, median undergraduate GPA, and acceptance rate; and
  • Faculty-to-student ratios.

Last year, U.S. News included measures of non-NIH funded research in their methodology. However, this year, U.S. News exclusively used NIH funding on the recommendation of medical school deans.

Harvard University tops the research list

The top 10 medical schools for research (including some ties), according to U.S. News, were:

1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts);

2. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore);

3. Stanford University (Stanford, California);

3. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia);

5. University of California—San Francisco (San Francisco);

6. Columbia University (New York);

6. University of California—Los Angeles (Los Angeles);

8. Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis);

9. Cornell University (New York);

9. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Rochester, Minnesota); and

9. New York University (New York).

Click here to view the full list.

University of North Carolina tops the primary care list

For the primary care rankings, U.S. News assessed each school's performance on a weighted average of the following indicators:

  • Primary care rate, including the percentage of a school's M.D. or D.O. graduates entering primary care residencies averaged over 2016, 2017, 2018;
  • Two quality assessment scores;
  • Student selectivity, including median MCAT scores, median undergraduate GPA, and acceptance rate; and
  • Faculty-to-student ratios.

The top 10 medical schools for primary care (including some ties) were:

1. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina);

2. University of Washington (Seattle);

3. University of California—San Francisco (San Francisco);

4. Baylor College of Medicine (Houston);

5. University of California—Los Angeles (Los Angeles);

6. Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, Oregon);

6. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan);

8. University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska);

9. University of California—Davis (Sacramento, California);

10. University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); and

10. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

Click here to view the full list.

Best schools for eight specialties

U.S. News also ranked hospitals within eight medical specialties. These rankings were based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the 120 responding schools. Respondents were asked to identify up to 15 schools offering the best programs in each specialty.

This year, U.S. News included family medicine as a specialty ranking after a one-year hiatus "based on recommendations from experts in the field that it's one of the major curriculum areas taught at medical schools."

Here is the list of the top school in each specialty:

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