March 20, 2018

Medical School receives high marks in latest U.S. News and World Report rankings

In new lists of America’s Best Graduate Schools, the Medical School ranked 15th among research-based medical schools and 7th for training primary care physicians

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The University of Michigan Medical School, School of Nursing and other graduate-level training programs continue to be recognized nationally in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.

In new lists of America’s Best Graduate Schools released today, the Medical School ranked 15th among research-based medical schools and 7th for training primary care physicians.

This year, U.S. News unveiled new medical school specialty rankings, and U-M performed well in both new and existing categories, landing in the top 13 in all seven:

Anesthesiology – 6th (tie)
Internal Medicine – 7th
Obstetrics & Gynecology (formerly Women’s Health) - 4th
Pediatrics – 13th (tie)
Psychiatry – 13th
Radiology – 9th
Surgery – 6th

The School of Nursing ranked 8th for master’s degree training and 18th for doctorate of nursing practice training. Its specialty training also ranked highly, including 8th for administration, 8th for adult/geriatrics nurse practitioners, 10th for family nurse practitioners, and 8th for nursing informatics.

In addition, within the rankings for graduate training engineering disciplines, U-M ranked 9th in the nation, for the program jointly run by the College of Engineering and Medical School.

Among the programs ranked each year — business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing — U-M maintained top-20 rankings in all six categories.

U.S. News used a new methodology for research-based medical school rankings this year; Medical School officials are evaluating if it has affected the school’s ranking negatively and if so, what opportunities exist to improve going forward. 

However, the school’s reputation among residency directors continues to be strong, landing in a tie for the 4th-highest score among research schools and 3rd-highest among primary care schools. The school’s selectivity score — a measure of the caliber of student it accepts — rose.

U-M leaders note that rankings are just one measure of an academic program. What matters most in choosing a graduate school is the match between the particular interests, abilities and ambitions of each student with the specific programs, approaches and opportunities offered by a particular school.

Details on the ranking methodologies and additional rankings are available at

To read how the University of Michigan fared institution-wide, click on the University Record story.