UCSF School of Medicine

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is one of the top ranked medical school in the US, offering graduate degrees in the biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, nursing, social and behavioral sciences. It was founded as Toland Medical College in 1864.

UCSF researchers have won prestigious awards including the Nobel Prize; MacArthur Foundation genius award; the Lemelson-MIT Prize for invention and innovation; and others.


- UCSF School of Medicine is ranked in the top 5 (5th place), for both the quality of research training and primary care training, among all medical schools in the nation in a survey on “America’s Best Graduate Schools” conducted by “U.S. News & World Report” (2010). The School is also rated highly for the following specialty programs:
  -  AIDS  (1st)
  - Women’s health (2nd)
  - Internal medicine (3rd)
  - Drug/alcohol abuse (5th)
  - Family medicine (6th)
  - Geriatrics (9th)
  - Pediatrics (10th)

- The School of Medicine was the 2nd largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funds among all US medical schools (2008).

- UCSF was the third largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research support in 2007, according to new figures released by NIH. It received about $439 million from research and training grants, fellowships and other awards.

- In the National Research Council's most recent survey (1995), UCSF's program in biochemistry was ranked 1st among the nation's best research-doctorate programs for academic excellence and teaching effectiveness. Other programs that are highly ranked include: genetics (2nd); cell biology (3rd); neuroscience (4th); biomedical sciences (physiology) (5th); and bioengineering (7th).