US News Ranks Top Medical School Programs by Specialty

Megan Brooks

March 30, 2018

The top medical school for research is Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, according to US News & World Report's latest rankings of best medical schools for research.

Taking the number 2 spot for research is Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and tied for third are New York University (Langone) in New York City and Stanford University in California.

Rounding out the top 10 best medical schools for research (in order) are University of California San Francisco (UCSF); Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota; University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia; David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA); Washington University, St Louis, Missouri; and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

The best medical school for primary care, according to US News, is the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, followed by UCSF (number 2), University of Washington, Seattle (number 3), UCLA (number 4), and, tied for fifth, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University have the best internal medicine programs in the country (tied for number 1), followed (in order) by UCSF, University of Pennsylvania (Perelman), Duke University, and Columbia University in New York City.

For pediatrics, Harvard again comes out on top, according to the magazine, followed by University of Pennsylvania at 2, University of Cincinnati in Ohio at 3, University of Colorado in Aurora at 4, and John Hopkins University at 5.

Thinking of a career in psychiatry? Harvard University has the best program, according to the magazine, followed by Columbia University (number 2), University of Pennsylvania (number 3), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (number 4), andJohns Hopkins University and UCSF (tied for 5).

If surgery is the path for you, Harvard University has the best program, according to the magazine, followed (in order) by Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, UCSF, and Duke University.

Harvard University also has the best program for obstetrics & gynecology, followed (in order) by UCSF, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania.

To produce the 2019 best medical school rankings, US News collected data on student selectivity, faculty resources, and a variety of other factors from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. The complete rankings and methods used are available online.


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