U.S. News & World Report came out with its 2012 medical school rankings in March 2011 (2013 rankings weren’t yet released when this post was written in late-March 2012) and “yet again,” as USNews.com’s headline stated, Harvard Medical School was ranked number one.

Please note: these results rank the top research medical schools.

The article went on to report that there wasn’t much change in the top rankings from the previous year (2011), with the biggest move coming from Stanford University’s School of Medicine, moving from an 11th place tie to a fifth-place tie this year.

Perhaps the most important finding of the ranking was this:

According to the article “[a]cceptance rates among the top research schools are cumulatively lower than any of the other major graduate disciplines.”

For example, Stanford, the article continued,

“accepted a mere 3.3 percent of applicants in 2010. The Mayo Medical School, associated with the renowned Mayo Clinic headquartered in Rochester, Minn., and tied for 26th in this year’s rankings, accepted the lowest percentage of applicants in 2010—a miniscule 2.2 percent. In fact, only one school in the top 20, the fourth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, accepts more than 10 percent of applicants.”

Below is the list of top 10 research medical schools:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
  4. Stanford University
  5. University of California, San Francisco
  6. Washington University in St. Louis
  7. Yale University
  8. Columbia Univerisity
  9. Duke University
  10. University of Chicago (Pritzker)

As for the rankings of medical schools providing primary care education, the University Of Washington School Of Medicine ranked first.

Unlike the research school rankings, several primary schools jumped in the ranks in 2012 over 2011. The East Carolina Brody School of Medicine rose to a 10th place tie in 2012 (from a 28th place tie in 2011), while the University of Virginia rose from 39th to 20th.

The rankings for primary care schools are:

  1. University of Washington
  2. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  3. Oregon Health and Science University
  4. University of California, San Francisco
  5. University of Colorado, Denver
  6. University of Nebraska Medical Center
  7. University of Massachusetts, Worcester
  8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  9. University of Minnesota
  10. University of California, Los Angeles
  11. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

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