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Medical Best U.S. Medical Schools: U.S. News Releases 2020 Rankings


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Earlier this week, U.S. News released its annual rankings of the best U.S. medical schools for primary care and research.

Potential students can check out the data in the 2020 U.S. News medical school ranking to assess their competitiveness.

U.S. News 2020 ranking methodology
U.S. News medical school ranking is calculated based on expert judgements about program excellence and statistical information measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Peer assessment data was gleaned from deans, program directors, and senior faculty, who evaluated the quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being marginal and 5 being outstanding.

This year, U.S. News made several changes to the methodology. Four factors that measured non-National Institutes of Health (NIH) research were eliminated. The weight of the total NIH research dollars ranking indicator was raised to compensate for the eliminated indicators. Family medicine was put back in as a specialty.

School scores
Statistical indicators are composed of inputs, which measure the qualities that students and faculty bring to the program, and outputs that show how much graduates’ achievements are related to their degrees. Each indicator was weighted according to U.S. News’ conclusion about their relative importance based on discussions with experts in each field.

Best U.S. medical schools: Top 20 med schools for research
2020 Rank/School:
1. Harvard University
2. Johns Hopkins University
3. Stanford University
3. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
5. University of California - San Francisco
6. Columbia University
6. University of California - Los Angeles (Geffen)
8. Washington University in St. Louis
9. Cornell University (Weill)
9. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix)
9. New York University (Langone)
12. University of Washington
13. Duke University
13. University of Pittsburgh
13. Yale University
16. University of Chicago (Pritzker)
16. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
16. Vanderbilt University
19. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
19. Northwestern University (Feinberg)
Best U.S. medical schools: Top 20 med schools for primary care
2020 Rank/School:
1. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
2. University of Washington
3. University of California - San Francisco
4. Baylor College of Medicine
5. University of California - Los Angeles (Geffen)
6. Oregon Health and Science University
6. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
8. University of Nebraska Medical Center
9. University of California - Davis
10. University of Minnesota
10. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
12. University of Colorado
12. Washington University in St. Louis
14. University of Pittsburgh
15. University of Massachusetts - Worcester
16. University of Wisconsin - Madison
17. Harvard University
18. Dartmouth College (Geisel)
18. University of Chicago (Pritzker)
18. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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