Organizations release rankings of the top medical universities every year as accurate indicators of the highest performing medical universities. QS Top Universities ranks universities by subject, focusing on academic and student reputation, and citations per page. US News Education and Academic Rankings of World Universities uses similar criteria including alumni and staff awards, and academic and research performance in subject areas.

United States

Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, was ranked No. 1 in 2013 US News Research School Rankings.Founded in 1812, the private university averages 700 students with an average GPA of 3.71 to 4.0 and median MCAT score of 36. Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, was ranked No. 2 in the 2013 US News Research School Rankings. The university has 468 students, averaging a GPA of 3.53 to 4.0 and median MCAT score of 36. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, was ranked No. 3 in the 2013 US News Research School Rankings. This private school of medicine enrolled 480 students in 2013, with the median incoming GPA of 3.91, with an average median MCAT score of 36.

Universities in the United Kingdom

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in Cambridge, England, made the No. 3 spot for the QS World University Rankings 2014. The teaching of medicine at Cambridge dates back to 1540, with the first clinical school opening in 1976. The School of Clinical Medicine offers two medical courses: standard, a six- year program for undergraduates, and graduate, a four-year program integrating core medical sciences with clinical medicine.

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Universities in Canada

The Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is the medical school of the University of Toronto. Founded in 1843, the university is one of the oldest institutions of medical studies. The undergraduate medical program is four years; the school also offers graduate programs. The Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, is the medical school of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, established in 1823 as the Montreal Medical Institute and in 1829 as the first medical faculty to be established in Canada.

Universities in Europe

Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of Medicine is a public research medical university in Paris, France. The Faculty of Medicine offers three cycles of medical studies in addition to paramedical courses. The university is ranked No. 37 by the Academic Rankings of World Universities.

Universities in Australia

Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney was founded in 1850 and is the oldest university in Australia. Sydney’s M.D. program has 306 students as of 2013. The program is built in three stages and students have multiple disciplines to choose from, from addiction medicine to pharmaceuticals. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne was rated No. 54 by Academic Rankings of World Universities and top 20 by the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Universities of Asia

The Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo was ranked No. 21 by the 2013 Academic Rankings of World Universities. The school offers graduate and undergraduate programs with 13 departments and four types of degrees: doctoral degree in medical science, doctoral degree in health sciences, master's degree and professional degree.

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