Degrees at Top Medical Schools
There are a variety of degree options available from the three top-ranked medical schools in the country: the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of California, San Francisco. Let's take a look at some of the top medical schools in the United States along with their degree offerings.
University of Washington
The University of Washington College of Medicine was ranked the #1 medical school for primary care by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. UW Medicine is comprised of six colleges offering both M.D. and Ph.D. programs in medicine. UW also offers a Medical Scientist Training Program, in which a limited number of students can work toward their M.D. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously. Training and services are available at University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, both healthcare centers being a part of the UW Medicine system.
Other medicine-related programs offered by the University of Washington include:
- A physician assistant training program, resulting in a master's degree
- A Master of Occupational Therapy program
- A Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
- Research-based M.S. and Ph.D. programs in medicine-related topics like pathology, pharmacology, and physiology
UNC at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine was ranked the #2 medical school for primary care and was also ranked the 6th-best school for family medicine by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. The UNC School of Medicine offers a traditional 4-year training program. Upon entering their third year in the program, medical students begin clerkship training at the UNC Hospitals. The UNC School of Medicine offers a few combined degree programs including the following:
- M.D./Ph.D. program
- M.D./M.P.H. program
- Other combined M.D./master's degree programs in social science and humanities subjects, depending on the student's interest
UCSF School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco was ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2018 as the 3rd-best school of medicine in primary and 4th in research. The medical training program offered at UCSF involves two years of coursework followed by another two years of clerkship and clinical work, resulting in an M.D. There is also a five-year specialized track for students who want to dedicate their careers to treating the urban underserved. In addition to their single M.D. program, UCSF also offers several joint programs including the following:
- Joint M.D./M.S. program in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley
- Medical scientist training program resulting in an M.D./Ph.D. degree
- M.D./Ph.D. program in the history of health sciences
- M.D./M.P.H. program
Individuals who are interested in medicine-related topics can choose from multiple degree options at some of the nation's best medical schools.