NEWS | March 12, 2013

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among nation's best


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 2014.”

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U.S. News & World Report assessed 114 of the 149 accredited medical schools and schools of osteopathic medicine around the country. This year's rankings place UC Davis School of Medicine at 19th for primary care and 42nd for research.

The rankings are based on a weighted average of indicators. The research model accounts for research activity; the primary-care model adds a measure of the proportion of graduates entering primary-care specialties. The rankings were based on measures of quality that included the following criteria:  

  • A peer-assessment score derived from ratings by medical and osteopathic school deans;
  • Deans of academic affairs, and heads of internal medicine or the directors of admissions;
  • 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 medical or osteopathic school graduates entering primary-care residencies in the fields of family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine averaged over the 2010, 2011 and 2012 graduating classes;
  • Student selectivity, as measured by mean Medical College Admission Test score, mean undergraduate grade point average and acceptance rate;
  • Faculty resources; and
  • Overall rank.  

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.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at