MEDICAL SCHOOLS: U.S. NEWS RELEASES NEW RANKINGS
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taught "interviewing skills and managed care principles alongside
standard courses like anatomy," according to U.S. NEWS & WORLD
REPORT's cover story, "America's Best Graduate Schools." "And
that's just as well, since most future physicians will be
employed by a health maintenance organization or will work in a
practice that deals with a variety of insurers, each with managed
care components" (Brink, 3/10 issue). U.S. NEWS divided the
nation's 125 medical schools into two categories: research,
which included all 125 schools; and primary care, which included
the 62 medical schools that graduated the highest percentage of
primary care physicians.
THE RANKINGS: Harvard University, with an overall score of
100, was the top research medical school, followed by Johns
Hopkins University (99.7), and Duke University (95.2). The
University of Washington (100) was the top primary care medical
school, followed by Oregon Health Sciences University (89.7) and
the University of New Mexico (86.0). Harvard was the top school
for internal medicine, women's health, pediatrics and drug and
alcohol abuse specialties. Johns Hopkins was tops for
geriatrics; the University of Washington for rural care and
family medicine; and the University of California at San
Francisco (UCSF) ranked best for AIDS research. The schools were
ranked based on student selectivity, faculty resources,
reputation, research activity and their primary-care rate.
MORE HEALTH PROFESSIONS: The top three schools for health
services administration were the University of Michigan-Ann
Arbor, Northwestern University's Kellogg business school, and the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The top public health
schools were Johns Hopkins, Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill. UCSF,
the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Kentucky
were ranked as the best pharmacy schools (3/10 issue).