US News and World Report is out with its latest list of the top medical schools in the nation. This year marks the 30th time the magazine has ranked American colleges and universities.
US News and World Report is out with its latest list of the top medical schools in the nation. This year marks the 30th time the magazine has ranked American colleges and universities. Over that time period, the list has become an important indicator of prestige for the America’s elite academic institutions. This year’s report includes data on more than 1,800 schools.
In addition to its list of top undergraduate schools, US News also ranks graduate schools in a number of different disciplines, including medicine. Medical schools are ranked by a number of specialties. Below is a list of the top medical schools for internal medicine, according to the magazine.
Location: Stanford, CA
Stanford boasts a strong reputation as a research university. Its medical school boasts a number of innovations. It was the site first synthesis of biologically active DNA in a test tube, the first adult human heart transplant in the US, and the first combined heart-lung transplant in the world. The university is home to a 613-bed hospital and a 311-bed children’s hospital.
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Location: New York, NY
Columbia’s medical school is actually four medical schools: a College of Physicians and Surgeons, a College of Dental Medicine, a School of Nursing and a School of Public Health. The university’s medical center is located in northern Manhattan and, according to its website, is responsible for nearly half of the university’s $3 billion annual budget.
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Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Tuition: $29,956 (in-state) and $47,904 (out-of-state)
Michigan’s medical school has been in growth mode in recent years. The school acquired a new research campus in 2009, a move that nearly doubled the number of facilities and brought the total campus size to 4.6 million square feet. The school is also in the midst of a $55 million upgrade of its medical sciences library, which is scheduled for completion next year.
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Location: Seattle, WA
Tuition: $29,985 (in-state) and $58,947 (out-of-state)
The largest school on the Top 10 list (by enrollment), Washington stands out in part for its success winning federal grant money. The school has been among the Top 3 recipients of National Institutes of Health grants for the past four decades.
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Location: St. Louis, MO
The second Washington University on the list dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Robert Brookings (the same Brookings who founded the Brookings Institution think tank). Among the school’s research achievements: They proposed the use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and also created the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner to image the human brain.
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Not only is the Perelman School of Medicine one of the best medical schools in the country. It’s also the oldest, dating back to 1765. Since then, the school has grown tremendously. The 2014 operating revenue of the school and its hospital was $4.3 billion. In 2013, it received $392 million in NIH funding.
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Location: Durham, NC
Duke is the southern-most school on the list. The school is home to the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the largest academic research organization in the world, according to Duke. Its Duke Integrative Medicine program was the first to study the value of mind-body-spirit interventions in patients with chronic heart failure.
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Location: San Francisco, CA
Tuition: $32,106 (in-state) and $44,351 (out-of-state)
UC-San Francisco’s medical school is home to 4 Nobel laureates and is the highest-ranked public institution on the list. The school’s most recent Nobel was awarded in 2012 to a UCSF researcher who discovered a way to turn ordinary skin cells into cells that can be developed into any cell in the human body. The discovery could ease some of the controversy on the use of embryonic stem cells, which have the same capability.
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Location: Cambridge, MA
Speaking of Nobel Prizes, 15 Harvard researchers have won 9 Nobels for work done at the school. The school lives up to its highly selective reputation, accepting just 3.8% of applicants in 2013. Harvard is currently in the midst of an initiative called HMS Next, which is intended to revamp the financial operations of the institution to ensure fiscal sustainability in the long-term.
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Location: Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine is massive in reputation and the scope of its enterprise. The operation boasts a budget of $6.7 billion and includes 6 research and community hospitals, 4 suburban health and surgery centers and more than 30 primary care outpatient offices. The system employs more than 41,000 full-time faculty and staff. The school has topped US News and World Report’s list more than 20 times.
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Sources: US News & World Report and the medical schools’ websites.