UCSF 5th in Best Medical Schools Ranking in the U.S.

According to the 2012 U. S. News and World Report, UCSF is one of the best medical schools in the United States. The University of California San Francisco comes in as number five in research – earning its place as one of the top medical schools in the U.S. The reason why I am so happy to write this review, is because I have experienced their healthcare firsthand, i.e. I use the UCSF medical facilities for all of mymedical needs – including their dental clinic. In an earlier article, I raved about the dental care I experienced under the care of two of their interns. I have also visited the UCSF Women’s Clinic, where again, the care and facilities were excellent. In fact, U.S. New and World Report ranks the Women’s Clinic as number two in women’s health. Additionally, they were cited in the number one position for their AIDS research and medicine, and third for internal medicine. I hereby second their assessment. Furthermore, U.S. World Report ranked UCSF fourth in the overall quality of primary care training and fifth in quality of research training; it is the only medical school in the U.S. that earned two places in the top five of best medical schools in their 2012 report. Indeed, the research certainly reflects my experience.


UCSF is also amongst top medical schools for other specialties and statistics including number one in U.S. public medical schools awarded NIH (National Institutes of Health) dollars. The NIH is actually the American government’s medical research government agency, which supports scientific studies. Because UC San Francisco is so strong in research, it is no wonder that it is the number one recipient of funding. Secondly, UCSF has the most number of active patients in the entire University of California medical system. However, they were never overcrowded whenever I went for an appointment. They are very efficient and timely when it comes to checking in their patients, offering clean and comfortable waiting areas. I found the receptionists courteous and professional.

Originally founded in 1865 as Toland Medical College, the University of California San Francisco became an affiliate of the University of California system only nine years later. In fact, UCSF is one of America’s older, yet best medical schools! Today, it has seven major campuses within Fresno and San Francisco, which consist of 28 academic departments, 9 research units, and 7 interdisciplinary research centers. The average GPA of their undergraduates is 3.79, with most of their students (85%) deemed as California residents. Although it is a state school, only 5% of the medical school budget comes from state appropriations. The average 2011 MCAT score in 2011 was 11.4, less than .5 less than Harvard – U.S. News and World Report’s top scoring med school. The tuition cost for California residents is $33,622 and for out-of-state students, tuition is $45,867. These figures were incorrectly reported by U.S. News and World Report that stated the tuition for California residents was free and out-of-state student paid only $12,245. The base tuition for Harvard Medical School is $47,500 and not $45,050 as U.S. News and World Report incorrectly printed as well in 2012. Other top medical schools to consider in California are Stanford University, which tied in 5th place with UCFS, Duke University, and Yale University as top research medical schools. Other highly favorable med schools in California include UCLA, coming in at number 13, and UCSD at number 15, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report.

After all the stats come in, and figures verified, the conclusion as to which schools really deserves to be listed in the best medical schools survey comes down to personal taste and an individual’s career path. Lifestyle may also be a consideration. San Francisco is a much more casual place to live than Boston and certainly the weather is milder. Both cities have a beach, but the northeast isn’t always as inviting as the milder climate and currants of the Pacific.