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Best Medical Residency Programs: List of Top Schools and Hospitals

Read about medical residency programs, which provide doctors with training in a specialized field of medicine. Find information about the programs at three universities' schools of medicine, as well as a list of other top institutions that provide hands-on training for medical residents. View article »

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  • 0:39 University of Washington
  • 1:13 University of North Carolina
  • 1:52 Harvard University, MA
  • 2:33 Top Medical Residency Programs

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A university's medical school may offer residencies in pediatrics, family medicine, oncology, or urology, among other specializations. Individual residencies take approximately three years to complete. Top programs can be found at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina, and Harvard University, all of which are nationally ranked for 2017. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington #1 among medical schools for primary care. UNC was ranked #2, and Harvard was tied for #17.

University of Washington

The University of Washington in Seattle, WA, houses 100 accredited fellowship and residency programs via its School of Medicine. Programs are available in anesthesiology, psychiatry, and pediatrics, among other specializations. In the three-year pediatric residency, based at Seattle Children's Hospital, students work in the neonatal ICU (intensive care unit) and the traditional care newborn nursery, among other areas. In the final year, students may hold positions as associate chief residents for a two-month period.

University of North Carolina

The medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has over 1,700 faculty members. UNC residency programs accept students from medical schools around the country. One residency option at this school is a three-year residency at the Department of Family Medicine. Students provide inpatient care at UNC's Family Medical Center and outpatient care at the William B. Aycock Family Medicine Building. They also perform one-month rotations in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and urology, among other areas. During the final year of the program, residents work in rural practice at the Chatham County Emergency Department.

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Harvard University, MA

Harvard Medical School at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, has 15 researchers that are Nobel Prize recipients. Harvard offers many residency programs, including a dermatology residency training program. This three-year program prepares students for certification with the American Board of Dermatology. Interested students can apply for fellowships that allow them to specialize in a particular area of the field, such as dermatopathology, dermatological surgery, pediatric dermatology, or laser surgery. Clinical rotations are performed in inpatient and outpatient settings at the six Harvard-affiliated hospitals in the greater Boston area.

Top Medical Residency Programs

Here are some top universities with outstanding medical residency programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD For 2017, was ranked #17 among medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report
Stanford University Stanford, CA The School of Medicine includes five medical institutes
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA In 2016, researchers were awarded $8.8 million in NIH funding to study Alzheimer's Disease
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI Department of Medicine offers residency training at three hospitals

Available through some of the best medical schools in the country, medical residency programs offer a variety of specializations ranging from family medicine to dermatology.

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