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CU School of Medicine Moves Up in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 30, 2021

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 6 in primary care and No. 27 in research on the Best Medical School rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Each year, U.S. News compiles listings of medical schools in two general categories – primary care and research – based on surveys and data reviews of accredited medical schools in the United States. The magazine then assigns rankings to schools using its own criteria to assess the information, which includes peer assessments provided by professionals at other medical schools.

“We are proud of our faculty and staff for their dedication to excellence, which in turn inspires a new generation of outstanding health care leaders.” - Dean Reilly

This year, the magazine considered 191 medical and osteopathic schools. Of those institutions, 129 provided the data that U.S. News needed to calculate its rankings. Among the factors considered are quality assessments by leaders at peer institutions, surveys of residency directors, total NIH research activity, median MCAT scores, and percentage of students who enter primary care residencies.

On last year’s U.S. News listing, the CU School of Medicine was No. 9 for primary care and No. 31 for research. This is the fourth time in the past six years that the CU School of Medicine has ranked in the top 10 for primary care; it is the first time that the school ranks in the top 30 for research.

“We are focused providing high-quality training, clinical, and research programs in medical science,” says CU School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD. “Our approach has led to a record number of applications for our MD class, increased research funding and philanthropic support, and inspirational and groundbreaking work by our faculty. We are proud of our faculty and staff for their dedication to excellence, which in turn inspires a new generation of outstanding health care leaders.”

The magazine also provides rankings of specific specialties based on ratings provided by medical school deans and senior faculty from surveyed schools. The CU School of Medicine programs that were ranked among the best in the country were:

  • Family Medicine No. 7
  • Internal Medicine No. 22
  • Pediatrics No. 5