NEWS | March 11, 2014

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in research, primary care


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U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015.”

U.S. News & World Report assessed 114 of the 128 medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. This year's rankings place UC Davis School of Medicine at 16th for primary care and 40th for research.

The rankings are based on a weighted average of indicators. The research model accounts for research activity funded by the National Institutes of Health; the primary-care model adds a measure of the proportion of graduates entering primary-care specialties. The rankings were based on measures of quality that included the following criteria: 

  • A peer-assessment score derived from ratings of a program’s quality by medical and osteopathic school deans, deans of academic affairs, and heads of internal medicine or the directors of admissions
  • An assessment score by residency program directors
  • Total dollar amount of National Institutes of Health research grants
  • Average research activity per clinical faculty
  • Primary-care rate — the percentage of medical or osteopathic school graduates entering primary-care residencies in the fields of family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine averaged over the 2011 and 2012 and 2013 graduating classes
  • Student selectivity, as measured by mean Medical College Admission Test score, mean undergraduate grade point average and acceptance rate
  • Faculty resources
  • Overall rank

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the six medical schools in the University of California system, which includes schools of medicine at San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Francisco. For more information about the methodology and individual listings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

"UC Davis also stands out for its commitment to creating an educational environment that encourages and supports diversity," said Lee Jones, associate dean for student affairs at UC Davis School of Medicine. "Our school's incoming classes for the past two years have been among the most diverse in California, especially among populations who are underrepresented in medicine."

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at