The field of medicine has always been an important one and has impacted the lives of people. Medicine continues to advance further, with better facilities and equipment becoming available.
Aspirants seek to graduate from prestigious medical institutes that excel in various aspects such as teaching quality, research output and opportunities, and clinical aspects. The top medical colleges in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject (Medicine) for the year 2018 are listed here.
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10. University of California, San Francisco
The UCSF School of Medicine, established in the year 1864 is the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco in the United States of America. It is affiliated with the UCSF Medical Centre and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. By NIH funding, it is the top-ranked medical school in the US. The UCSF Medical Centre is the top-ranked hospital in California. The School of Medicine has a high research output and has ranked well in many medical school rankings.
9. University College of London (UCL)
The UCL Medical School, first established in 1746, is the medical school of the University College of London, situated in London, United Kingdom. The clinical teaching primarily takes place at the University College Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital, and the Whittington Hospital. The degrees offered include MBBS and B.Sc. (Hons) after a six-year integrated programme. The course structure includes Fundamentals of Clinical Science in year 1 and 2, Integrated B.Sc. degree in year 3, Integrated Clinical Care in year 4, The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice in year 5, and Preparation for Practice in year 6. It is considered one of the most prestigious medical schools in the UK.
8. Yale University
The Yale School of Medicine, founded in the year 1810, is the graduate medical school of Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States of America. The Yale-New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital. One of the largest modern medical libraries, the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library is also situated in the School of Medicine. The courses offered include the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree. There are various other dual degree programs also offered.
7. University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, also known as the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA was established in the year 1951 and is located in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America. The university is divided into four health sciences schools, five undergraduate schools, and four professional schools. The main program in the School of Medicine is the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. It also offers MD/Ph.D., MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/Masters dual degree programs, degrees in dentistry, and a number of specialities. The research output is high, with the most research field of study being Internal Medicine.
6. Karolinska Institutet
The Karolinska Institutet, also known as the Royal Caroline Institute is situated in Solna, near Stockholm in Sweden. It was established in the year 1810 and is one of the largest and the most prestigious medical institutions in the world. It offers the widest range of medical courses, including clinical training and other training. The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet, which consists of fifty professors from various medical disciplines, awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The institute has consistently featured in the top medical college rankings and is considered one of the best to study medicine and life sciences.
5. Stanford University
The Stanford University School of Medicine, the medical school of Stanford University, is situated in Stanford, CA, in the United States of America. With its mission to improve health through leadership, discoveries and innovation, the School of Medicine is research-intensive and has been among the top medical schools in the nation. It is associated with the Stanford Health Centre and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to form part of what is known as Stanford Medicine.
4. Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, established in the year 1876, is located in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States of America. It is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida. The school has consistently been among the top medical schools in the world, and there have a large number of Nobel laureates that have been associated with the School of Medicine.
3. University of Cambridge
The School of Clinical Medicine, established in 1976, is the medical school of the University of Cambridge, located in Cambridge, England. The first three years of pre-clinical training are finished at the Cambridge University, while the next three years, which are clinical years, also take place at the School of Clinical Medicine located on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site.
2. University of Oxford
The Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford is located in Oxford, United Kingdom. The Oxford Medical School splits the course into Pre-clinical and Clinical Divisions. During the Pre-clinical years (year 1 to 3), the students are based in the University Science Area in Oxford City Centre, and during the Clinical years (year 4 to 6), the students are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford. The University of Oxford also happens to be the oldest University in the English speaking world.
1. Harvard University
The Harvard Medical School, founded in 1782, is the graduate medical school of Harvard University is the third oldest medical school of the United States of America. It is situated in the Longwood Medical Area of Mission Hill neighbourhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It offers professional medical education for an MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree. Other degrees offered include MD/Ph.D., MS/MPH, MD/MBA dual degrees and degrees in dentistry. Being the best medical school in the world, it has a great research output and quality of education. The MCAT scores and GPA of students that make it to Harvard Medical School are generally higher than the average.