UW again ranks as nation’s top primary-care medical school

Instruction in primary care, family medicine and rural medicine is second to none in U.S. News & World Report's analysis

By Brian Donohue  |  HSNewsBeat  |  Updated 8:45 AM, 03.10.2015

Posted in: Education

  • Jamie Oh, a third-year medical student, speaks with a pregnant patient at the Libby Clinic in Libby, Mont., under the supervision of Dr. Greg Rice, a family medicine instructor in the WWAMI program. Clare McLean
The University of Washington’s School of Medicine today once again earned the No. 1 spot among primary-care medical schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings.

The UW school also continues to rank No. 1 in teaching family medicine and No. 1 in rural medicine training for the 24th consecutive year in the annual listings of the nation’s top graduate and professional school programs.

[See all UW graduate school rankings at UW Today.] 

"For over 20 years, the University of Washington School of Medicine has earned the ranking of the best primary-care, family-medicine and rural-medicine education institution in the United States,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine. “Our faculty also continue to be No. 2 in the nation in receipt of research grant funding. This extraordinary success, year after year, merits continued state investment at current levels or greater."

Medical schools are ranked overall in two categories, primary care and research, as well as in training in specific clinical fields. The UW School of Medicine has earned U.S. News’ top primary-care medical school ranking for 20 of the past 21 years. 
Clare McLean
Dr. Sam Sharar, associate professor of anesthesiology, and second-year UW medical students review a chest image during Introduction to Clinical Medicine at Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. Sam Sharar, associate professor of anesthesiology, and second-year UW medical students review a chest image during Introduction to Clinical Medicine at Harborview Medical Center.
The UW also ranked No. 10 among research medical schools. It was second, after Harvard, in the amount of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, receiving $646.8 million in 2014, according to U.S. News calculations.

The School of Medicine serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho through its WWAMI program of regionalized medical education. Students and residents train in communities throughout these five states. The WWAMI program is a key element in the medical school’s nationally recognized success in teaching rural medicine, family medicine and other primary-care fields.

Each year U.S. News ranks schools using two types of data – the opinions of experts about program excellence and statistical information on the quality of faculty, research and students.

The School of Medicine’s physician training was ranked highly in several other specific disciplines: No. 4 in AIDS care, No. 8 in pediatrics and internal medicine. The UW medical school’s MEDEX program ranks No. 11 for its physician-assistant training.
The bioengineering graduate program jointly run by the College of Engineering and School of Medicine was ranked No. 9.

Among the other UW health sciences schools, UW’s School of Nursing's master's program was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Its high-ranking programs were family nurse practitioner (No. 5), nurse practitioner for pediatrics and for psychiatric/mental health (No. 8); and nursing informatics and for adult/gerontology/primary-care nurse practitioner (No. 9).

UW’s School of Public Health was ranked No. 6 in the nation. Its healthcare-management program was ranked No. 10.

U.S. News did not conduct rankings of schools of pharmacy, dentistry, or social work this year, nor did it rank the nation’s graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.
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