US News Medical School rankings (UofM in top 10)

Submitted by 1464 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:06 PM

UofM is ranked alphabetically as the #8 in research and #6 in primary care, according to US News and World reports ranking of the best graduate programs for medicine.  That is out of 149 fully accredited schools.


Top Research Schools

1. Columbia University (NY)
2. Duke University (NC)
3. Harvard University (MA)
4. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
5. Stanford University (CA)
6. University of California--San Francisco
7. University of Chicago (Pritzker)
8. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
9. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
T10. Washington University in St. Louis
T10. Yale University (CT)

Top Primary Care Schools

1. Oregon Health and Science University
2. University of Alabama--Birmingham
3. University of California--San Francisco
4. University of Colorado--Denver
5. University of Massachusetts--Worcester
6. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
7. University of Minnesota
8. University of Nebraska Medical Center
9. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
10. University of Washington



March 11th, 2013 at 1:19 PM ^

Those are listed in alphabetical order. The actual order won't be released until March 12. So yes, Michigan is top 10 in both, but we don't yet know where exactly in the top 10.


March 11th, 2013 at 1:27 PM ^

I'm not sure what this whole "alphabet" thing you are referring to actually is, but I do not like it, sir.  Edited the OP to downplay my inattention to details.  Hopefully people will be all like "What does the OP mean by ranked alphabetically as #8?" and then read into the comments to gain a full understanding as to why it was worded so weird.


March 11th, 2013 at 1:30 PM ^

That list of Top 10 Primary Care universities caught me by slight surprise.  UAB? Colorado?  Oregon H&SU?  I've never heard of these schools previously listed as top institutions in this field.  Interesting.  Thank you, OP.

PB-J Time

March 11th, 2013 at 1:35 PM ^

A VERY different ranking system is used to determine these programs. I'm honestly suprised that U-M did so well in this ranking. While widly known as a world-class teaching & reseach medical institution, to now be recognized as a leader in primary care training as well is quite something.

Drunk Uncle

March 11th, 2013 at 1:55 PM ^

I have a degree from OHSU. Outside of medical journals, academic rankings and the city of Portland you don't hear much about it. A few years ago I wore my "OHSU Medical School" tee to a softball game and a guy said to me "Go Buckeyes". 

The distinction between primary care and research is important in these rankings. To be ranked top ten in both says a lot about Michigan's medical school. 

oriental andrew

March 11th, 2013 at 2:05 PM ^

Primary care focuses on general practice, like family practice, internal medicine and ped's.  Specialties like ortho, ENT, any surgery, cardio, hem-onc, radiology are separate.  IIRC, in the past, michigan state had tended to rate more highly than UM in primary care, although that's apparently no longer the case. Very different focuses. 


March 11th, 2013 at 2:48 PM ^

For a comparison of the methodology of primary care to research, check here:…

The percentage of graduates who go into primary care is one of the big distinctions between the research and primary care ranking methodologies. I'm not sure why that would be predictive of very much.

The one piece of data which would seem to be the big equalizer  in comparing all medical school programs is the average Step I score, which is not used by USNWR, and where Vandy often leads the country.

Bottom line - anyone getting into a decent med school is pretty smart.  Michigan just happens to be a bit better than most,  but then I am biased.


March 11th, 2013 at 2:52 PM ^

The primary care rankings don't make a whole lot of sense in general since they weigh heavily the number of graduating students entering "primary care" residencies, including internal medicine and pediatrics, any of whom could go on to become interventional cardiologists, intensivists, etc, and never do any primary care.


March 11th, 2013 at 6:18 PM ^

This is a stupid question (though I'm not a pre-med student) but what is the difference between research and primary care? If you want to be the best surgeon you can be for example, are you looking for the best reserach or primary care in a school?

eamus_caeruli (not verified)

March 11th, 2013 at 7:10 PM ^

Essentially, primary is an active medical practitioner and can be specialized like a surgeon. Research is cancer cures, stem-cell, drug studies, etc. Fellows and post-docs will research something specific, and publish findings. They usually get gov grants, private foundations and UofM monies to work for a couple years to upwards of a decade depending upon the terms to research, publish and literally to discover new medical thingys.

If you wander around by the UofM hospital and meander around the side streets with the tree covered buildings in that area, there are a ton of buildings that look empty. Those builds are some of the research facilities. Research and primary can be a blended approach, though, I mean most Drs are scientist at heart.


March 11th, 2013 at 6:28 PM ^

I only hope our football and basketball teams can match the quality of our education!

I bet Hoke already printed these rankings to show recruits the quality of UM ..l