NEWS | March 10, 2015

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in primary care, research


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 “Best Graduate Schools 2016.”

The magazine assessed 118 of the 130 medical schools fully accredited in 2014 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and 26 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. This year's rankings place UC Davis School of Medicine at 19th for primary care and 43rd for research.

The rankings are based on a weighted average of indicators and include the following criteria:

  • A peer-assessment score derived from ratings of a program’s quality 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 amount of research grants 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 2012 and 2013 and 2014 graduating classes
  • Student selectivity, based on three measures for the medical school class entering in the fall of 2014: median Medical College Admission Test score, median undergraduate grade point average, and acceptance rate
  • Faculty resources based on the ratio of full-time science and clinical faculty to students
  • Overall rank

For more information about the methodology and individual listings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.