The University of Colorado School of Medicine is No. 8 for primary care and No. 26 for research, according to the latest Best Medical School rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. This is the sixth time in the past eight years that the CU School of Medicine has ranked in the top 10 for primary care.
U.S. News compiles listings of medical schools in two categories — primary care and research — based on surveys and data reviews of accredited medical schools in the United States. Using the survey responses and data, the magazine then assigns rankings.
The magazine also provides rankings of specific specialties based on ratings provided by medical school deans and senior faculty from surveyed schools. This year, family medicine ranked No. 7 and pediatrics ranked No. 8. The CU School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is also ranked No. 8 among health programs.
“The School of Medicine is focused on providing excellent training, research, and clinical care, and we will continue to focus our efforts on meeting the needs of our students, communities, and patients and their families,” says Dean John J. Reilly Jr., MD. “Our faculty and staff have a commitment to service that is a source of strength for our state and for the University of Colorado.”
For its Best Medical School rankings, U.S. News surveyed 192 medical and osteopathic schools accredited in 2022 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association. This data, along with the results from peer assessment surveys, were used to calculate the overall rankings and eight medical field specialty rankings and populate each medical school’s profile in the U.S. News directory.
In addition, U.S. News also examines data related to diversity and measuring the number of graduates practicing in rural areas and in health professional shortage areas.
The CU School of Medicine ranked No. 66 in the country in terms of the percentage of students from underrepresented minorities enrolled in 2022 and ranked No. 39 based on the percentage of its 2014–16 graduates practicing in rural areas, with 7.54%. On the measure of graduates in health professional shortage areas, CU ranked No. 103, with 18.65% of 2014–16 graduates in such areas.