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 university schools of medicine, as well as a list of other top institutions that provide hands-on training for medical residents.

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A university's medical school may offer residencies in pediatrics, family medicine, oncology or urology, among other specializations. Top programs can be found at the University of Washington, University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins University, all of which are nationally ranked. Individual residencies take approximately three years to complete.

1. The University of Washington in Seattle, WA

School Highlight: This school houses 100 fellowship and residency programs via its School of Medicine.

UW offers approximately 100 accredited clinical fellowship and residency programs in anesthesiology, psychiatry and pediatrics, among other specializations. In the 3-year pediatric residency, based at Seattle Children's Hospital, students work in the neonatal ICU (intensive care unit) and the normal newborn nursery, among other areas. In the final year, students may hold positions as associate chief residents for a 2-month period.

2. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

School Highlight: This university's medical school has nearly 2,000 faculty members.

The university's medical school offers 54 graduate medical education programs, including a 3-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 1-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.

Top Medical Residency Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Harvard University Harvard Medical School has 15 researchers who received the Nobel Prize Cambridge, MA
Johns Hopkins University JHU hospital ranked first among all hospitals by U.S. News & World Report 21 years in a row Baltimore, MD
Stanford University Stanford School of Medicine includes five medical institutes Stanford, CA
University of Pennsylvania Penn researchers placed second among academic medical centers in the U.S. for their National Institutes of Health funding, totaling $500M a year Philadelphia, PA
University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Medicine offers residency training at three hospitals Madison, WI
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