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Top Ten Medical Colleges in the U.S.

Find information about the top ten medical colleges in the United States, through which students learn how to diagnose and treat patients or conduct medical research. Read summaries of the degree options at three of the top ten institutions, as well as what's unique to other leading medical colleges in the U.S.

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School Overviews

Three of the top ten medical colleges in the United States include Harvard University, a member of the Ivy league, as well as the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and the University of Washington in Seattle. Each of the three schools offers a Medical Doctor (M.D.) program, as well as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in biomedical-related areas, among other advanced courses of study. Unique to the University of Washington are its undergraduate programs in health and medical studies.

Top U.S. Medical Schools

1. Harvard University in Boston, MA

Harvard University was ranked first among best colleges in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. In the same year, Harvard Medical School also ranked number one as a medical research institution and 15th for primary care, as designated by USN&WR.

This 4-year private university serves roughly 21,000 students, with more than half pursuing graduate studies or advanced programs in medicine or law. The Division of Medical Sciences offers Ph.D. programs in biological and biomedical sciences, immunology, neuroscience and virology. The medical education program, which leads to an M.D., is another option at the Harvard Medical School.

2. Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR

The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is a teaching hospital and medical research center that includes the School of Medicine. As of 2011, the school was ranked third-best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for education in primary medical care. The School of Medicine has 1,750 faculty members that serve about 1,200 students, including roughly 497 M.D. and 688 graduate students every year. Among the school's 25 academic programs are those that lead to a Master of Science (M.S.), an M.D. or a Ph.D.; areas of study include biomedical informatics, cancer biology and medical physics.

3. University of Washington in Seattle, WA

In 2011, the School of Medicine at the University of Washington (UW Medicine) ranked number one among primary care training institutions by U.S. News & World Report. This top medical school also ranked number six for medical research, making it a strong overall choice for aspiring medical students. Graduate students can pursue an M.D., a Ph.D. in Biomedical Research or the MEDEX/PA program for physician's assistants. Undergraduate programs in bioengineering, medical technology, neurobiology rehabilitation medicine and clinical health services are also offered through the UW Medicine program.

List of Ten Good Medical Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Duke University Foundation for Excellence Curriculum has a research requirement for all medical students Durham, NC
Harvard University Ranked number one in medical research in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 Boston, MA
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers 17 graduate programs Baltimore, MD
Oregon Health & Science University Functions as a training school that provides all students with hands-on experience Portland, OR
University of California - San Francisco Faculty members include three Nobel laureates San Francisco, CA
University of Colorado - Denver Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) Denver, CO
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania Emphasizes research in pancreatic cancer treatment, Alzheimer's and gene therapy for HIV patients Philadelphia, PA
University of Washington WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) academic partnership program Seattle, WA
Washington University in St. Louis BioMed 21 program, which researches solutions for current diseases Saint Louis, MO
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