UCSF School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in annual survey

By Wallace Ravven

In this year’s survey, the UCSF medical school is one of only three in the country ranked in the top 10 for both the quality of its research training and its primary care training. UCSF is the only California university that ranks so high in both categories.

UCSF advanced to fourth place nationally for the quality of its research training, the highest ranking for any public university. UCSF ranks 10th nationally in the quality of its primary care training in the new survey.

The assessments appear in the newsstand book America’s Best Graduate Schools and most rankings also appear in the April 10th edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, both of which hit newsstands April 3.

UCSF ranks among the top 10 in seven of eight medical school specialty programs assessed this year, including first in AIDS medical care and second in internal medicine and in women’s health. UCSF’s drug and alcohol abuse specialty ranks fifth nationally in the new survey, while the national rank for UCSF pediatrics is eighth, geriatrics is ninth, and family medicine is 10th.

The rankings this year also include assessments of PhD science programs. UCSF ranks ninth nationally in the quality of its overall biological sciences doctoral program, and ranks among the top 10 in six of eight specific programs assessed, including second in cell biology and third in molecular biology. Three UCSF programs rank fifth nationally in the new survey: biochemistry/biophysics/structural biology, genetics/genomics/bioinformatics, and immunology/infectious disease. The UCSF neuroscience/neurobiology graduate program ranks sixth nationally. 

“I am especially delighted that our PhD science programs are recognized as among the best in the nation,” said David A. Kessler, MD, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine. “The interaction between basic research and clinical practice at UCSF is a foundation of our culture of inquiry and innovation.”

In the field of chemistry - largely dominated by undergraduate and graduate schools with full chemistry departments - UCSF ranks third nationally in its biochemistry program.

The top 10 research-based medical schools ranked this year as best in the nation are: (1) Harvard University (2) Johns Hopkins University (3) University of Pennsylvania (4/tie) UCSF and Washington University in St. Louis (6) Duke University (7/tie) Stanford University and University of Washington (9) Yale University (10) Baylor College of Medicine.

Medical schools ranked in the top 10 for the quality of their primary care training are: (1) University of Washington (2) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (3) Oregon Health and Science University (4/tie) Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Massachusetts-Worcester (6/tie) Duke University, East Carolina University, University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison (10) UCSF.

The new medical school rankings are based on assessments by deans and senior faculty, admission acceptance rates, test scores, faculty/student ratios and other factors. The research rankings include the amount of research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, while the primary care rankings include assessments of the percentage of medical school graduates who enter primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics, and internal medicine.

The medical school specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by medical schools deans and senior faculty. The rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences are based on surveys of academics in each discipline.

This year’s U.S. News & World Report survey ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, library and information sciences, and medicine, as well as doctoral program in the sciences.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences, and providing complex patient care.