The Best American Med Schools 2012

January 9, 2012

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It’s always a tricky and hotly disputed subject when you try to place universities or any educational establishment into rankings. There are so many variables to consider that it becomes almost an impossible task to place a number on the effectiveness of each institution.


In America, U.S News has become synonymous with the annual university rankings despite the controversy and they are always eagerly anticipated by both current and prospective medical students.

The criteria that are used for scoring the med schools includes expert opinions and the quality of the courses offered, statistical analysis of the schools teaching staff, research and students alongside surveys of over 1,200 programmes and over 12,000 academics and professionals.

The med school rankings are split into two categories, The rankings for the best American med schools for research and the rankings for the best med schools for primary care.

The results of the most recent of these med school rankings is below:

The best American med schools for primary care:

1. University of Washington
2. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
3. Oregon Health & Science University
4. University of Vermont
5=University of California-San Francisco
5= University of Colorado-Denver
7= Michigan State University
7= University of Pennsylvania
9. University of Massachusetts – Worcester
10. University of Iowa (Carver)

The best American med schools for research:

1. Harvard University
2. University of Pennsylvania
3. Johns Hopkins University
4= University of California-San Francisco
4= Washington University in St. Louis
6= Duke University
6= University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
6=University of Washington
6= Yale University
10. Columbia University
11= Stanford University
11= University of California—Los Angeles (Geffen)
13 University of Chicago (Pritzker)
14 University of Pittsburgh
15 Vanderbilt University
16= Cornell University (Weill)
16= University of California – San Diego
18 =Mount Sinai School of Medicine
18= Northwestern University (Feinberg)
20= Case Western Reserve University
20= Emory University
20= University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
20= University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center—Dallas

It’s always worth remembering that these lists should not be regarded as definitive. What one person deems the “best” med school may not necessarily be your first choice. When choosing which med school to apply for its always worth seeking advice from your student adviser and looking at which med school would suit you best from a financial, geographical and specialism point of view also.