Top 10 Medical Schools

The field of medicine field is one that requires extensive and quality classroom education as well as great resume writing and hands on experience. It is for that reason that attending a good medical school is often considered vital to not only be equipped with the necessary expertise but to also gain the respect required to be considered for the best jobs. Looking through an independent ranking of medical schools should help you make a better decision. One of the most recognized rankings of med schools is the one published by the US News and World Report. In 2009, the top 10 list of medical schools comprised Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University- School of Medicine-St. Louis, University of California in San Francisco, Duke University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Washington and Columbia University.
1. Harvard University - Harvard has for years been one of the most respected universities one can go to regardless of the discipline. Some of the brightest minds in medicine have gone through the institution. It boasts 13 Nobel Laureates and has earned a solid reputation in medical research. Admissions into the medicine program are very competitive with thousands of applicants from all over the world but only a few hundred eventually accepted (you definitely should try to get that one on your health care or nursing resume).
2. Johns Hopkins University - Affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, it is almost synonymous with medicine in the US. This has a great deal to do with its association with the hospital that is well respected not just in the United States but around the world. Students have access to the latest medical facilities giving them invaluable hands on experience that will help them secure good positions in the job market.
3. The School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest schools of medicine within the United States. Three large hospitals are affiliated with the institution and the school has a large student population.
4. Washington University St. Louis is ranked the top medicine school in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States. Its reputation is evidenced by the 17 Nobel Laureates that have graced the reading rooms of this institution. The institution takes in 500 students at any one time and attracts thousands of applicants from all over the world.
5. University of California -San Francisco - is the top medicine school in the West of the US. With over 5000 applications, enrollment is strictly based on a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.74 as well as other qualifying criteria. In 2009, just 149 students finally made the final list of admissions and has seen the institution attract some of the best of minds in the industry.

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Gail Esparan