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Top 10 American Medical Schools

Updated on June 5, 2010

Best College Rankings Based an Academic and Practical Scores

US News and World Reports recently ranked the Medical Schools fo America by using a system of questionnaires sent to administrators regarding best practices.

The school rankings are founded on gathering two brands of data files: 1) expert opinions about program quality from school administrators and 2) statistics that result in measurements of the relative quality of the schools' faculty teaching abilities and results, research, and student skills and achievement. Over 146 medical programs across America were examined in this way.

For medical programs, US News and World Reports also surveyed professionals who hire new graduates, in a position to see the practical results of medical education and training from the employer's perspective. For this list, published in 2009, the magazine analysts used Administration and Professional survey results, averaged them together, and published the resulting lists.

Increasing Job Openings at Top Schools

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Top 10 American Medical Schools for Research

  1. Harvard University - Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland
  3. University of Pennsylvania - Philadephia
  4. Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri
  5. University of California - San Francisco
  6. TIE: Duke University - Durham, North Carolina in the Research Triangle; Stanford University - California; University of Washington - Seattle, Washington State; Yale University - New Haven, Connecticutt
  7. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons - New York
  8. University of California, Los Angeles - David Geffen School of Medicine; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, College of Osetopathic Medicine
  9. University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine

  10. University of Pittsburg - Pennsylvania


The Harvard Medical School is the most well known and perhaps awe-inspiring medical school in the United States. Opened back in the 1700s, Harvard possesses achievements and commendations that surpass many other American medical schools and other professional schools of all sorts. Over 200 years of consistent medical and health related research netted Harvard a stable of Nobel Prize winners, spurred advanced new technologies, and produced dozens of medical and scientific breakthroughs for business and people.

Harvard Medical School accepts just 5% of highly qualified applicants and competition is incredible. Candidates for acceptance require the average MCAT score of 11.7. Costs to attend this school are relatively high as well. Faculty to student ratio is 11.7, however, making for individual attention and focused training.

Harvard Medical School and Harvard University proper are employers offering increasing number of job openings through time since 2008, as evidenced form the graphs below. In fact, the Top 5 American Medical Schools for Research and their universities all show increasing numbers of job openings form July 2009 - February 2010.  


  1. CompHealth
  3. Amedisys, Inc.
  4. Deegan, Fernandez & Associates, Inc
  5. StaffPointe
  6. Aureus Medical Group
  7. Reflectx Staffing
  8. Kaiser Permanente
  9. Enterprise Medical Service
  10. Merritt, Hawkins and Associates


  1. ID Tech Camp, Camp Instructors - IT Camps for youth ages 7 - 17 at Harvard and other top universities.
  2. ID Tech Camp, Camp Directors
  3. Pedondontists
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Associate/Full Professors
  6. Operating Room Surgical Techs
  7. Staff Assistants
  8. Research Scientists
  9. Business Analysts
  10. Research Associates

Additional high demand jobs:

  1. SAS Programmer
  2. Senior Clinical Informatics Specialists
  3. Executive Assistants
  4. Financial Services Professionals
  5. Graphic Designers
  6. Software Engineers
  7. Nurse Practitioners 


  1. Albany Medical Center - New York
  2. Genzyme
  3. Harborview Medical Center - Seattle, Washington
  4. Beckman Coulter
  5. Aerotek
  6. Kelly Scientific Resources
  7. Kaiser Permanente
  8. Eli Lilly
  9. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
  10. Elsevier


In the following video clip, Harvard shows an education advance in which students question surgeons rather than to use dogs for to learn about anestetics.  

Harvard - Replace Dogs with Surgeons

Top 10 Medical Schools in Family Medicine

  1. University of Washington - Seattle, Washington
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. University of Colorado at Denver - Aurora, Colorado
  4. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  5. University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri
  6. University of California -San Francisco
  7. University of Wisconsin at Madison
  8. Oregon Health and Science University - Portland, Oregon
  9. Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio
  10. Duke University - Durham, North Carolina, in the Research Triangle.


Top Medical School with Small Enrollments

The following schools support enrollment of 250 or fewer medical students, providing additional individual attention in some aspects of education and training.

  1. Mayo Medical School - Rochester, Minnesota. Full-time Faculty to Student Ratio is high at 14:1. This was the former employer the researcher of the WWII Starvation Experiments, Dr. Ancel Keys, who helped save 1,000s in Europe and led the way to useful obesity and eating-disorder findings (see Starving for K Rations).
  2. John H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University - Johnson City.
  3. University of Nevada at Reno
  4. University of North Dakota - Grand Forks.
  5. Sanford School of Medicine - Univerity of South Dakota - Sioux Falls.

Mayo Studies: Stress and Burnout Among Surgeons

Comparison - Top 10 Medical-Doctoral Schools of Canada

Ranked by Maclean's magazine 19th annual rankings:

  1. McGill University - Montreal, Faculty of Medicine. This school is recognized for its wide range of research interetests, from transplantation host resistance to aging to genome studies and the mind-brain-language connection. 
  2. University of Toronto Medical School - 27th medical school globally in other rankings.
  3. University of British Columbia
  4. Queens School of Medicine - Kingston ON
  5. University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  6. University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
  7. Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
  8. Mcmaster University - Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine - Ontario
  9. University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
  10. University of Sakatchewan College of Medicine


Top 10 Medical Schools of Mexico

  1. UNAM at The comprehensive website includes top bar links to Youtube video showcase, podcasts, webcasts, social networking, and other communications options. 
  2. TEC de Monterrey at
  3. Instituto Politécnico Nacional at
  4. Universidad Iberoamericana at
  5. Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara at
  6. Universidad de Monterrey
  7. Universidad la Salle
  8. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
  9. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
  10. Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo

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    • j80caldwell profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome hub, I always thought Johns Hopkins was the best!

    • gajanis786 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very good researched hub.....thanks.

    • schoolmarm profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      This is is a very useful and informative hub. I'm sure I will refer to it often. Thank you.

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      8 years ago from California

      This is a great hub. Keep up the good work

    • saumil_iitb profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Thank you so much for such an informative hub. My younger cousin is very keen on taking up Medicine. I will surely suggest your hub to her.


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      8 years ago

      Getting into harvard university seems very competitive. But if you get it, you will certainly have a good career ahead of you.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, VV, not in the Top 10 on any count. Their Cancer Hospital and research insitute is highly rated, though; but not on this list.

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      8 years ago

      Getting admission into Harvard University could be a dream come true for anyone who wishes to pursue medicine.Thanks for the info Patty.You have really worked hard on this topic.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A fantastic, comprehensive hub. Very kind of you trying to help.

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      You always have so much good information. Thank you again, Patty.


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