NEWS | March 16, 2016

School of Medicine again ranked among nation's best


Once again, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2017.”

Graphic of U.S. News Best Grad School logoThe publication sent surveys to 170 accredited medical schools and schools of osteopathic medicine around the country, and 116 provided the data needed to calculate the rankings. This year's list places UC Davis School of Medicine at 37th for primary care and 47th for research.

The rankings are based on a weighted average of different indicators, including following criteria:

  • Quality-assessment score derived from ratings by medical and osteopathic school deans;
  • An assessment score by residency program directors;
  • Total dollar amount of National Institutes of Health research grants;
  • Average research activity per clinical faculty;
  • Primary-care rate — the percentage of graduates entering primary-care residencies in the fields of family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine averaged over the years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Last year, for example, approximately 45 percent of UC Davis’ graduating class chose a primary care residency;
  • Student selectivity, as measured by median Medical College Admission Test score, median undergraduate grade-point average, and the acceptance rate;
  • Faculty resources, measured as a ratio of full-time faculty to students.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the six medical schools in the University of California system, which includes schools of medicine at San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Francisco. For more information about the methodology and individual listings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.