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List of Top Schools for Aspiring Physicians

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Attending a top medical school is one way to ensure you earn the best education possible upon becoming a physician. Learn about some of the best colleges and universities in the United States with medical programs to help you choose where to attend.

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Physicians examine and counsel patients, perform diagnostic testing, and prescribe medications. After completing an undergraduate degree, aspiring physicians typically earn an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), which is a 4-year academic program followed by an internship and residency at a hospital. A medical school program with a focus in primary care medicine is ideal for those who want to participate in patient care. Three schools offering top-rated M.D. programs are the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Michigan STate University in East Lansing, which were ranked #1, #2, and #15 by U.S. News & World Report for the best primary care medical programs in the nation 2016.

University of Washington in Seattle

School Highlight: The school ranked #16 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 listing of top public schools.

The M.D. program at the University of Washington (UW) was ranked the top primary care medical school program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The Department of Family Medicine has programs in community health, research, and family medicine, as well as programs for students planning to care for under-served populations in rural and urban areas. Coursework includes health delivery in rural communities, geriatrics, and Indian health issues. After graduation, students can apply for a residency position at the University of Washington Medical Center, the hospital ranked #1 in the state by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Highlight: UNC ranked #30 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) M.D. program was named the second-best primary care medical program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The program offers coursework in molecular study, body systems, epidemiology, hematology, and neuroscience during the first and second years. Third-year clerkships include inpatient and outpatient medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, geriatrics, neurology, surgery, pediatrics, and psychology.

Michigan State University in East Lansing

School Highlight: In a 2010 study, the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked the College of Human Medicine #6 out of 141 schools producing doctors who are minorities and who serve under-served areas.

As the 15th best primary care graduate program in the country according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings, MSU has much to offer its students. Four years worth of medical school are divided into specific segments called 'blocks', lasting one to two years. The first and second block as dedicated to preclinical work, making up the first two years of schooling. The third block is traditional clinical study, lasting for two more years.

Top Medical Schools

There are many other fine schools for aspiring physicians within the country, such as:

  • In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland #6 on its list of best medical schools for primary care.
  • In the 2016 Becker's Hospital Review, the University of California - Davis Medical Center was named one of the '100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs'.
  • Each year, students at the University of California in Los Angeles can earn the merit-based David Geffen Memorial Scholarship, which covers a student's entire tuition cost.
  • The University of California in San Francisco placed #3 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of best medical schools in primary care.
  • Twelve of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor's medical specialties ranked in the top ten among universities offering programs for aspiring young doctors, according to a 2014 Doximity/U.S. News & World Report poll.
  • The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis ranked #9 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of the best medical schools offering primary care.
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison's medical school receives extramural research support exceeding $182 million from federal awards and $184 million from non-federal awards.

Top schools for aspiring physicians are all highly rated by U.S. News & World Report, including the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Michigan State University in East Lansing as the first, second, and fifteenth best according to its rankings in 2016.

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