Top 10 Medical Degree Programs in the US

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It’s a Latin phrase, “Medicinoe Doctor” that actually translates into “Teacher of Medicine” that the term “Doctor of Medicine” is derived from. A doctoral degree bestowed on graduate of an accredited medical school that qualifies that person to then become a physician.
Schools are accredited by (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) which is a body associated with and sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. As it turns out there are a quite a few of these accredited medical schools in the US and even with so many they are still difficult to get into.
Only the highest academic achievers make the grade after they have completed between 90 and 120 units of university course study. So which are the best? That’s a very difficult question to answer because for one thing there’s so many different fields of medicine.
The to first open their doors in the US were Columbia School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine medicine, Harvard School of Medicine, McGill University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine.

There are medical schools located around the globe, even in what would be considered Third World countries such as Grenada. It’s the schools of medicine located in the US though, that are considered among the best in the world and offer the best medical school programs. The following is a list of the top 10 in alphabetical order.

1. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Founded in 1767 as the medical department of King’s and often known as P&S, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is a graduate school that’s located on the health sciences campus in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. This was also the very first medical school in the original thirteen colonies and hence, the United States, to award the Doctor of Medicine Degree (M.D.) degree to graduates.

2. Duke University School of Medicine

Established in 1925, located in Durham, North Carolina, and operating under Duke University Medical Center, Duke University School of Medicine has earned a well earned reputation for being one of the world’s foremost biomedical research and patient care institutions. In fact US News and World report has consistently listed the medical center in particular as being among the top 10 out of 5,700 American hospitals with fully 13 out of 16 specialties ranked as being among the nation’s top 20 back in 2007. 

3. George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Established in 1824, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW Med for short) was was established in the district of Colombia in 1825. This is the first medical school established in the nation’s capital and the eleventh oldest medical school in the country. As of 2012 it’s also the most applied to medical school in the US for the previous six years, receiving a total of 14,649 applications in 2012 alone. This school also offers a very good 7 year medical program.

4. Georgetown University School of Medicine

Established in 1851 and located in the Georgetown District of Washington DC, Georgetown University School of Medicine is one of Georgetown Universities five graduate schools. Recognized as the oldest Catholic medical school in the US, it’s associated with the Washington Hospital Center, the 609-bed Georgetown University Hospital, as well as nine other hospitals in the greater Washington metropolitan area. 

5. Harvard Medical School

Located in Boston’s Mission Hill Neighborhood, Harvard Medical School is the graduate medical school of Harvard University. As of Fall 2012 it is home to 155 in the M.D. Ph.D program, 705 students in it’s M.D. program, 556 in the Ph.D. Program, and 147 in the D.M.D program. This medical schools M.D. Ph.D. Program also allows it’s students to receive an M.D. from HMS and a Ph.D. from either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Harvard. 

6. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is the research and medical teaching arm of Johns Hopkins University. This medical school also has the unique distinction of being affiliated with the hospital that has been ranked as the number one best in the United States every year since 1992 by U.S. News & World Report. It has also been consistently ranked number one in terms of the number of research grants are awarded by the National Institute of Health. 

7. Mayo Medical School

One of the newer medical schools in the US, the Mayo Medical School first opened its doors accepted and 40 students out of over 400 applicants back in 1972. Since then it has gained a well-earned reputation for being the one of most selective in terms of applicants that it lets in. It’s located in Rochester, Minnesota, and recognized for its small class sizes with students who all of which receive 50% of their tuition funding by way of grants from the Mayo Foundation. 

8. Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Located in New York City’s Manhattan Borough, right adjacent to Central Park, Mount Sinai School of Medicine first opened its doors to students in 1968. It was the first medical school in the United States to establish a department of geriatrics and it’s PhD program is ranked third among 57 US institutions. It also has an early-admissions program. It’s their Humanities in Medicine Program that guarantees students who are admitted and need a timeout before they start their advanced medical studies a place in the school. 

9. Stanford University School of Medicine

Located in San Francisco California at the Stanford University medical Center the Stanford University School of Medicine was established in replacement of the Medical College of the Pacific that was founded in 1858. It was relocated to Palo Alto in 1959 where it remains to this day. It operates in conjunction with a number of clinics and hospitals and also as part of their training students operate two free clinics. The Pacific Free clinic in San Jose, and the Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park. 

10. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Located in Nashville Tennessee, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has built an internationally recognized reputation for high-quality medical care and as a research center. It’s also currently ranked number 10 for funding from the National Institutes of health among US medical schools. In a recent survey of top medical researchers in the U.S. it came in fifth-place as the best facility to engage in medical related science work. Then in 2009 it made Fortune Magazines list of the 100 best US companies to work for.

Guest Post by Andrew Scherer
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