College for Doctors: List of Medical Schools in the U.S.

Oct 26, 2019

Students can earn a Doctor of Medicine at allopathic medical schools or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at osteopathic medical institutions. Many top medical schools in the U.S. offer MD or DO programs with pathways for concurrent degrees in other disciplines.

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Top Medical Schools in the U.S.

Medical schools, including schools of osteopathic medicine, are ranked based on factors like peer assessments, research activity, and faculty resources. The following institutions received the highest ratings among the accredited MD and DO schools in the country.

Harvard University

Harvard Medical School offers two tracks in its Doctor of Medicine program: the pathways track, typically chosen by about 80 percent of medical students, and the health sciences and technology track, offered in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and picked by 20 percent of students. The curriculum consists of the pre-clerkship phase, in which students take the required courses in each track; the principal clinical experience (PCE) phase, a 12-month clerkship in various fields of medicine; and the post-PCE phase, wherein students take advanced courses and electives and complete their research projects.

Johns Hopkins University

The MD program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine includes two years of core courses in genetics, biology, and physiology as well as clerkships in outpatient or community settings. The remaining two years are devoted to core and advanced clerkships and a capstone course on the transition to residency. The school also offers a primary care leadership track and dual degree programs that allow students to obtain a medical degree along with an MBA, Ph.D., or a Master of Science in Health Care Management.

Stanford University

The Stanford University School of Medicine's MD program provides a flexible curriculum that lets students complete the pre-clerkship coursework in two years of full-time study or three years at a slower pace, giving more time for research projects or a dual degree. The clerkship phase requires a minimum of 15.5 months, although some core clerkships must be completed within the first 12 months. Joint degrees offered with the MD program include a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline, Master of Public Health, MBA, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy, and master's degrees in bioengineering, biomedical informatics and investigation, epidemiology, community health research, and health services research.

School Name Location Degrees Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Doctor of Medicine $46,384
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Doctor of Medicine $53,740
Stanford University Stanford, CA Doctor of Medicine $50,703

Source: *NCES College Navigator

List of Medical Schools Focusing on Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medical institutions, or DO schools, emphasize holistic care and provide training on how to become a physician who prioritizes prevention and patient education as much as the treatment of diseases. Holistic doctors with an osteopathic background consider a patient's lifestyle and environment when deciding on a course of treatment.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

The University of North Texas Health Science Center's College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a four-year DO program that includes two years of required courses and two years of clerkships and electives. Concurrent degree options include a Ph.D. and MS through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Public Health. The college also offers residency programs in dermatology and family medicine/osteopathic neuromuscular medicine.

Lincoln Memorial University

Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree that requires two years of lecture and laboratory courses followed by two years of clinical rotations and electives. Students can also opt for the DO/MBA joint degree program that can be completed in four years. The MBA program features a generalist track as well as concentrations in healthcare and nursing home administration, operations and sport management, marketing, management, and business analytics.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides three pathways to getting a DO degree: lecture discussion, problem-based learning, and directed study. The lecture discussion track follows a traditional teacher-directed style while the two others rely more on self-directed learning. There is also a three-year curriculum offered as the primary care pathway. Students in this track must complete residency programs in family medicine or general internal medicine. The college accepts course credits from accredited traditional and online pre-med schools.

School Name Location Degrees Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine $4,735 in-state, $17,205 out-of-state
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine $17,207
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Erie, PA Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine $12,256

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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