Top Accredited Medical Schools

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the award of Doctor of Medicine (MD). It is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

Some of the Top Accredited MD-granting Medical Schools in the US:

Harvard Medical School
US News & World Report puts Harvard University on top of the list of Best Medical Schools "Research Ranking", followed by Johns Hopkins University (2nd), the University of Pennsylvania (=3rd) and Washington University in St. Louis (=3rd).

University of Washington School of Medicine
University of Washington Seattle is ranked No. 1 in US News Best Medical School "Primary Care Rankings".

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rated in the Top 2 nationally for Best Medical Schools (Research) by US News 2010. The school continues as #1 in geriatrics, moves up to #1 for internal medicine and is ranked #2 in AIDS and #4 in drug/alcohol abuse, pediatrics and women’s health.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Rated 2nd for Best Medical School (Primary Care). Summary of rankings by US News 2010:
  • Primary care, 2nd
  • Research, tied for 20th
  • Family medicine, 2nd
  • Rural medicine, 6th
  • AIDS, 9th
  • Environmental/environmental health, tied for 9th
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
The school is rated the third best medical school in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2006 rankings. Other specialty areas: Internal medicine and pediatrics ranked sixth in the nation, drug and alcohol abuse program tied for 12th, and the AIDS program tied for 19th.

University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is ranked among the top 3 research-oriented medical schools in the country, according to an annual survey of graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report. Other specialties: Internal Medicine (#5), Drug/Alcohol Abuse (#6), Women's Health (#4) and Pediatrics (#2).

Duke University School of Medicine
In 2009, the School of Medicine is ranked 6th for research and 41st in primary care. US News & World Report ranked Duke's physician assistant program as No. 2 in the US for 2008. Duke's doctor of physical therapy program was ranked 13th in the nation in a 2008 US News & World Report ranking.

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
UCSF’s School of Pharmacy ranks first, the School of Nursing 2nd, and the School of Medicine 5th among all graduate schools in a survey conducted by US News & World Report 2009. UCSF School of Medicine national rankigs in its specialty programs are:
  •  AIDS—1
  •  Women’s health—2
  •  Internal medicine—3
  •  Drug/alcohol abuse—5
  •  Family medicine—8
  •  Pediatrics—9
  •  Geriatrics—9
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