Medical School Ranking on Primary Care

Unlike the research-orientated colleges in the previous article, medical schools that focus on primary care usually better prepare students for future medical practice. Most general practitioners and family physicians originate from primary care medical schools, as opposed to research colleges, which produce more physicians in other specialties.

  • 1st University of Washington
  • 2nd University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • 3rd Oregon Health and Science University
  • 4th (tied) University of California – San Francisco
  • 4th (tied) University of Colorado – Denver
  • 6th University of Minnesota
  • 7th University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 8th University of Massachuetts – Worcester
  • 9th University of Pennsylvania
  • 10th (tied) East Carolina Brody School of Medicine
  • 10th (tied) University of Albama – Birmingham
  • 10th (tied) University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine
  • 10th (tied) University of Wisconsin – Madison


While research orientated school can be easily ranked with factors such as research spending,
international awards, number of members in the national health institute, and average MULE score, primary care medical schools cannot be ranked objectively. Most rankings survey the college’s graduates for their preparedness to enter the medical field. As a result of the human-factor, bias may be present in these rankings. Beyond the initial few medical schools, there is virtually no difference in the remaining school in terms of difference in survey results. Thus it is reasonable to conclude that all medical schools in the United States, to a certain extent, provide adequate education to their students for medical practice.

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