UC Davis ranks among the nation's top medical schools for rural medicine, primary care and research

UC Davis School of Medicine entry, students in background © UC Regents
UC Davis School of Medicine has been ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

Posted March 21, 2012

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 rural medicine, primary care and research. The annual listing appears on the news magazine's website and will be published in its guidebook "Best Graduate Schools 2013," available April 3.

This year's rankings place UC Davis School of Medicine at 9th among rural medicine specialty programs, 24th among top schools for primary-care training and 42nd among research institutions.

"Rankings are one of the many ways we gauge how well we are doing against the rigorous standards we establish for medical education at UC Davis," said Fred Meyers, executive associate dean, UC Davis School of Medicine. "We are pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and we are also aware that the real measure of our success is how well our students do following graduation in serving patients, finding answers to tough medical questions and improving access to quality health care. On those measures, they consistently exceed our expectations."

U. S. News Best Grad School for Rural Medicine 2012 badge © US NewsThe rankings for rural care were based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from  peer schools, who identified up to 10 schools offering the best programs.

The UC Davis Rural-PRIME (Programs in Medical Education) program was specifically created to train medical students for fulfilling careers in rural communities. It is unique in the nation in combining training in rural practice with mentorships, community-service experience and the use of leading-edge medical technologies such as telemedicine to close gaps in access to medical care based on geography.US News Best Grad School for Research 2012 badge © US News

In addition to innovative medical education, UC Davis is recognized for conducting high-impact translational research and providing collaborative, culturally sensitive clinical care for all.

"The disciplinary excellence reflected in these rankings forms the foundation for our true strengths: educating interprofessional teams and erasing health inequities," said Meyers.

The 126 medical schools fully accredited in 2011 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, plus the 23 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited in 2011 by the American Osteopathic Association, were surveyed for the rankings of research medical schools and for top schools in primary care; 114 schools provided the data needed to calculate the two rankings.

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

US News Best Grad School Primary Care 2013 badge © US NewsThe research rankings are based on a weighted average of eight indicators, and the primary-care model is based on seven indicators. Most indicators are the same for both, including residency director assessment, average MCAT score and faculty-to-student ratio. The research model also factors in National Institutes of Health research activity. The primary-care model includes the percentage of graduates entering residencies in family practice, pediatrics or internal medicine averaged over the 2009, 2010 and 2011 graduating classes.

For information about the UC Davis School of Medicine, visit medschool.ucdavis.edu.