Duke University School of Medicine Again Ranked Among Country’s Top Medical Schools

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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U.S. News & World Report assessed 120 medical schools and once again ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the best in the nation, placing it 13th in a tie with the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University. The medical school’s Physician Assistant program was again ranked No. 1, tied with the University of Iowa, among 169 programs evaluated -- a top spot it has held for several years.

Eight of the School of Medicine’s clinical departments ranked in the top 10 among specialties: 

  • Surgery (second)
  • Internal Medicine (fourth)
  • Anesthesiology (fifth)
  • Radiology (sixth)
  • Psychiatry (tied, sixth) 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (tied, eighth)
  • Pediatrics (tied, tenth)
  • Family Medicine (tenth)

“I’m proud of all of these distinctions, but I am most proud of the shared commitment of our faculty, staff and students to be innovative and work tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of people in our own community and throughout the world,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine.

“These rankings once again highlight our national leadership in educating tomorrow's health sciences leaders," said A. Eugene Washington, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System. "Our faculty, staff and trainees demonstrate the highest level of excellence in clinical care, research and education, and it’s gratifying to be recognized for their efforts.”

“We are honored to be consistently ranked as one of the top Physician Assistant Programs in the U.S.,” said Jacqueline S. Barnett, director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, which is part of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine. “This achievement speaks to having excellent institutional support, exceptional and dedicated faculty, staff, preceptors and alumni, and outstanding students who serve as great ambassadors for the Duke PA program and the PA profession.”

U.S. News annually ranks graduate schools in six disciplines, including business, law, medicine, nursing, engineering and education. The magazine uses criteria such as grade-point averages of incoming students, acceptance rates and employment outcomes of graduates. For medical schools, the magazine also weighs NIH funding, NIH funding per faculty member, medical school entrance scores and grade point averages, among other criteria. See all of the medical school rankings here: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/researc...