U.S. News & World Report has released its latest “Best Medical Schools” rankings for the academic year 2023-2024. The rankings have undergone several changes in methodology, including an increase in the weightage given to outcome measures and a decrease in the emphasis on reputation and selectivity. The rankings have also been affected by some high-profile schools choosing not to participate, which has led to a change in the highest performers on the list. Harvard Medical School has once again secured the top spot in the overall rankings for best medical schools for research. Johns Hopkins University, which was initially listed in the top spot, has moved to second, and the University of Pennsylvania (Perelman) has dropped to third.
Overview of the Rankings
The top medical schools for research are dominated by Ivy League institutions, with Columbia University in fourth place. There was a five-way tie for fifth among Duke University, Stanford University, the University of California San Francisco, Vanderbilt University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Cornell University, New York University, and Yale University tied for 10th place. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Washington rounded out the list in another five-way tie for 13th.
U.S. News & World Report used survey data reported the previous year for medical programs that did not respond to the survey. If that was unavailable, the school was not ranked. Data from the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Family Physicians was also incorporated in the medical rankings. The outlet has released a preview of the highest performers in the two categories that have received the most attention in the media, which represent approximately 10% of their respective student populations. The complete rankings hope to focus attention on schools that represent the remaining 90% of students seeking to make the best choice for their legal and/or medical education.
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