Top 10 Medical Schools in America

March 15, 2011

Once again, Harvard Medical School was ranked No. 1 for research in an annual ranking of U.S. medical schools. Though most of the schools that topped last year's list remain, one leapt into the Top 5.

Once again, Harvard Medical School in Boston was ranked No. 1 for research in the annual ranking of U.S. medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. The institution, established in 1782, has been among the top-ranked medical schools in the country since the publication began publishing graduate school rankings.

There was very little change in this year’s ranking, though the Stanford University School of Medicine jumped from a tie for 11th place to a 5th-place tie this year.

Getting into the top-ranked medical schools is more difficult than ever. Acceptance rates among the top research schools are lower than any of the other major graduate disciplines, what according to U.S. News & World Report. Stanford University School of Medicine, which jumped from an 11th last year to tie for 5th place in this year’s ranking, accepted just 3.3% of applicants in 2010. Only one school in the publication’s Top 10, Washington University in St. Louis, accepts more than 10% of all applicants.

Which schools ranked alongside Harvard and Stanford as being among the best in the country for medical research? Here are the Top 10, including what students face financially to attend.

1. Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Tuition: $45,050

Fees: $3,467

Room and Board: $12,900

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $103,663

Total Enrollment: 725

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; dermatology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; neurology surgery; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; and radiology.

2. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Tuition: $43,960

Fees: $3,212

Room and Board: $18,796

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $119,800

Total Enrollment: 608

Most Popular Residency Programs: Anesthesiology; dermatology; internal medicine; ophthalmology; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

3. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Tuition: $41,200

Fees: $4,810

Room and Board: $17,986

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $102,376

Total Enrollment: 463

Most Popular Residency Programs: Anesthesiology; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; otolaryngology; pediatrics; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

4. Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Tuition: $48,800

Fees: $0

Room and Board: $10,542

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $100,275

Total Enrollment: 493

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; dermatology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; and radiology (diagnostic).

5 (Tie). Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Tuition: $44,482

Fees: $3,221

Room and Board: $14,160

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $112,792

Total Enrollment: 422

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; internal medicine (pediatrics); ophthalmology; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; radiology (diagnostic); surgery (general); and urology.

5 (Tie). Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Tuition: $44,196

Fees: $621

Room and Board: $24,162

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $90,006

Total Enrollment: 456

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; dermatology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

5 (Tie). University of California, San Francisco.

Tuition: $0 (in state); $12,245 (out of state)

Fees: $30,474

Room and Board: $19,636

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $105,314

Total Enrollment: 618

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

5 (Tie). Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Tuition: $45,600

Fees: $500

Room and Board: $11,590

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $122,247

Total Enrollment: 382

Most Popular Programs: Dermatology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; neurological surgery; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and radiation oncology.

9. University of Washington, Seattle.

Tuition: $23,049 (in state); $52,029 (out of state)

Fees: $475

Room and Board: $15,843

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $121,193

Total Enrollment: 926

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; dermatology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopedic surgery; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

10 (Tie). Columbia University, New York.Tuition: $46,212

Fees: $4,750

Room and Board: $15,531

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $131,385

Total Enrollment: 638

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopedic surgery; pediatrics; psychiatry; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

10. (Tie) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.Tuition: $27,928 (in state); $44,666 (out of state)

Fees: $4,750

Room and Board: $15,531

Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $131,385

Total Enrollment: 665

Most Popular Programs: Anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; pathology (anatomic and clinical); pediatrics; radiology (diagnostic); and surgery (general).

To see the complete ranking of U.S. medical schools, visit U.S. News & World Report.