UCSF School of Medicine, Nursing Specialties Lead in National Education Rankings

US News Ranks UCSF No. 2 in Primary Care, No. 3 in Research

By Laura Kurtzman

Neurosurgeon Edward Chang meeting with graduate student Ilina Bhaya-Grossman and David Moses, PhD
Neurosurgeon Edward Chang, MD, is chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Chang meets with graduate student Ilina Bhaya-Grossman and David Moses, PhD. Photo by Barbara Ries

UC San Francisco’s medical and nursing schools have again been ranked among the nation’s leaders in their fields in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate and professional schools.

The UCSF School of Medicine was the only school ranked in the top five in training the next medical generation in both research and primary care, tying for third in research and placing second in primary care.

For the second year, U.S. News included a diversity ranking, and four University of California medical schools were highly ranked. UC Davis was third, UCSF tied with UC Riverside for eleventh, and UCLA was number 14 on the list. All four schools ranked in the top ten among public institutions.

In addition to the overall rankings, the survey assessed the quality of medical education in eight specialty areas, and UCSF was the only medical school to place in the top ten in all of them.

Obstetrics and gynecology tied for No. 1; internal medicine is No. 3, anesthesiology, psychiatry, and radiology are No. 4, pediatrics and surgery are No. 5, and family medicine is No. 6.

“Our strengths in research, primary care, diversity, and the full range of medical specialties once again shows the impact we’ve had in transforming education for the physicians and scientists of the future, and our continued focus on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, the dean of the UCSF School of Medicine. “We share these honors with our faculty, staff, and learners, and take pride in being a public institution with a strong mission to serve the people of California.”

UCSF’s School of Nursing ranked in the top five among public nursing institutions and 11th overall among 200 master’s degree programs nationwide. Four specialties ranked in the top four nationally: Family Nurse Practitioner is No. 3; Adult-Gerontology in both Acute Care and Primary Care is No. 4; and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ranked No. 4.

“The rankings of our individual specialties and our master’s program overall is a reflection of our commitment to preparing outstanding clinicians who will lead in the advancement of health equity,” said Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN. “To ensure we continue to meet the needs of our diverse communities, we are working to modernize and enrich our educational offerings, so our students are well equipped to transform health and health care.”

The School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which only recently launched and received accreditation in 2020, ranked No. 35 out of nearly 160 programs nationwide.