Attending a top 10 medical university ensures an exceptional and thorough education taught by the best professors in the medical field. Some future medical students may find it rather daunting to research university rankings in order to determine "the best of the best," but by focusing your research on a credible source versus the common blog, you can gain insight through trusted sources like "U.S. News World and Report" that back their findings on facts and statistics.
West Coast Universities for Primary Care
Primary care physicians oversee the general health of their patients and provide health care at a general level rather than practice a specialty. According to "U.S. News World and Report" several of the top 10 universities for primary care are located on the West Coast that include University of Washington Seattle, Oregon Health and Science University Portland and University of California San Francisco. Oregon Health and Science University is renowned for its research and several of its researchers have gone on to win prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for groundbreaking and innovative research. Other top 10 universities for primary care located across the country include University of North Carolina, University of Colorado, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts and University of Alabama.
East Coast Universities for Pediatric Medicine
Pediatric doctors specialize in the medical care of infants, small children and teens. A number of the top 10 universities known for this special area of medicine are located on the East Coast. In examining how "U.S. News" ranks medical schools "The Huffington Post" reports it is done according to faculty-to-student ratio, student selectivity, the proportion of students entering specific programs and research activity. The top 10 universities for pediatric medicine on the East Coast include Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins and University of Pittsburgh. The Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins is housed within their Children’s Center where students may earn residencies and learn from top pediatric medical professionals. Other top 10 universities for pediatrics include University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado, University of California San Francisco, Baylor University, Stanford University and University of Washington.
Midwest Universities for Internal Medicine
Internal medical doctors detect, treat, and help prevent diseases. Although Johns Hopkins is ranked first in top 10 universities for internal medicine, there are two schools in the Midwest that made the list-- University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Washington University's Department of Internal Medicine is comprised of 14 specialty clinical divisions and staffed with over 250 physicians -- some that participate in teaching hospitals. University of Michigan is renowned for its evidence-based medical education that, according to their website, focuses on innovative procedures and technologies, examines current methods of treatment and keeps students current on cutting-edge advances in the treatment of disease. Other top 10 internal medicine universities include University of California San Francisco, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Washington, Stanford and Columbia University located in New York.
Choosing Your Top 10
Just because a medical university has earned its way into a top 10 ranking doesn't necessarily mean it is a good fit to meet your educational and career goals. "The Princeton Review" reminds future medical students to determine the university's academic focus, the pressure and intensity the program demands, if teaching quality is focused on, research opportunities, student life, living accommodations, and tuition cost. If cost is your major concern you may want to focus on in-state universities, as their tuition fees are generally lower. For example, in 2014 students attending University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's medical school can expect to pay $16,028 if they are in-state students versus paying $41,786 as out-of-state students -- a significant difference that will make any fiscally minded medical student think twice before sending off his or her application packet.
- Oregon Health and Science University: Four OHSU Vollum Institute Scientists Win Prestigious NIH Awards
- Johns Hopkins Children's Center: Department of Pediatrics
- Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis: Internal Medicine: About Internal Medicine
- University of Michigan Ann Arbor: Continuing Medical Education (CME)
- The Princeton Review: Choosing a Medical School
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