Top Schools to Become a Doctor

Read about important considerations for choosing a strong medical school. Review three universities with nationally ranked medical schools, and explore the degree programs that each school offers. Schools offering Health Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes a Top School For Becoming a Doctor?

Consider schools that are highly ranked for their medical research or primary care training programs. Some universities have also received high rankings for their medical specialty programs, like internal medicine or rural health care. You might look into schools that allow you to pursue a dual degree. The best colleges receive a significant amount of medical research funding through federal agencies or private organizations.

What Are Three Top Schools for Becoming a Doctor?

University of California - San Francisco (UCSF)

In 2015, UCSF ranked first in programs providing AIDS research and, during the same year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC's School of Medicine third among medical schools for research and for primary care ( The School of Medicine faculty includes three Nobel Prize winners. Available degrees include:

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • M.D./Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Medical Sciences
  • M.D./Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • M.D./Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • M.D./Ph.D. in History of Health Sciences

University of Vermont (UV) in Burlington

Roughly 200 physicians graduate from UV's College of Medicine annually. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked UV 29th among schools with training programs in primary medical care and tenth in Rural Medicine. During the same year, the school was ranked 57th by U.S. News & World Report for its medical research program.

UV's College of Medicine offers fellowships and residency programs in cooperation with Fletcher Allen Health Care. Areas of specialization include anesthesiology, dermatology, orthopedics and radiology. In addition to an M.D., UV medical students can pursue a master's or doctoral degree in a variety of fields. Possible programs include:

  • M.D.
  • M.D./M.S. in Biochemistry
  • M.D./M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • M.D./M.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • M.D./M.S. in Pathology
  • M.D./M.S. in Neuroscience
  • M.D./M.S. in Pharmacology
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Science
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience
  • M.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology

University of Washington (UW) in Seattle

UW's School of Medicine is considered a five-state medical educational network that includes Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked UW first among medical schools for its primary care training program. In the same year, the school was ranked tenth for its graduate medical research program and first for its rural medicine program by U.S. News & World Report.

The faculty at UW's School of Medicine includes four Nobel Prize winners, 32 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 33 members of the Institute of Medicine and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program can choose from roughly 20 different doctoral specializations, including bioengineering, environmental health and immunology. Approximately 90 residency and fellowship programs are offered through UW's School of Medicine. Official degree titles include:

  • M.D.
  • M.D./MPH
  • M.D./Ph.D.

Ten Top Medical Schools in the U.S.

College/University Institution Type Location
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Public, 4 year Chapel Hill, NC
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Public, 4 year Ann Arbor, MI
University of California-Los Angeles Public, 4 year Los Angeles, CA
Baylor College Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Houston, TX
Harvard University Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Boston, MA
University of Pennsylvania Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas Public, 4 year Dallas, TX
University of California-San Diego Public, 4 year San Diego, CA
University of Chicago Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Chicago, IL
University of Pittsburgh Public, 4 year Pittsburgh, PA

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