Medical Schools in US News College Rankings

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US News and World Report has released its 27th annual ranking of “Best Colleges” for 2011. At the top are some of the leading health and medical research universities in the world.

US News ranks universities and colleges in three steps. The first separates each school according to a classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The colleges are grouped into one of four main categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges. Secondly, data on up to 16 indicators of academic quality are gathered from each school and tabulated. Finally, colleges are ranked according to their weighted scores.

Research and Medical Universities Top the 2011 Best College Rankings

Harvard University in Boston MA leads the list. This private university was founded in 1636. In addition to the College, Harvard is comprised of 13 other schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Medical School. In 2009, total medical school enrollment included 705 students. University-affiliated hospitals include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Harvard Medical School also provides the public with the most current practical, authoritative health information, drawing on the expertise of 8,000 faculty physicians. Health Newsletters, reports, books and other publications can be found at www.health.harvard.edu.

Third on the rankings list is Yale University, a private institution founded in 1701. It is located in New Haven CT and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,275. While probably best known for its top-ranked Law School, the Yale School of Medicine is a leader in academic medicine and health care. Students can pursue a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Masters in areas such as Public Health and Nursing. The school also offers a Physician Associate Program (MMSc).

Most recently, Yale University has been designated as one of six national centers that will lead a five-year, $100 million campaign to investigate how the human immune system responds to vaccines and infections.

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A little further down the list, at number 9, is North Carolina’s Duke University. This private university is divided into 10 schools and colleges, including the School of Medicine. The medical school was established in 1930 and is consistently one of the top 10 medical schools nationally. More than 1800 faculty physicians and researchers are employed by the University.

Duke University is known for establishing the world’s first brain tumor program in 1937. The school also began the nation’s first Physician Assistant Program in 1965. Duke University is also home to Duke Children’s Hospital, which has recently been recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in six pediatric specialty areas, including cancer, neonatology, pulmonology, heart and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology.

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