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U.S. News & World Report Medical School Specialty Rankings

This week, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) announced its medical school specialty rankings and our department ranks #2. Overall, seven of our specialty programs are in the top five this year:

  • #1 – Anesthesiology
  • #1 – Radiology
  • #1 – Surgery
  • #2 – Internal Medicine
  • #2 – Psychiatry
  • #4 – Pediatrics
  • #5 – Obstetrics and Gynecology

As you may know, these specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of schools surveyed. As was done previously, USNWR conducted specialty rankings in anesthesiology, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology and surgery. These fields are included based on suggestions from medical schools' deans to better reflect the curriculum taught at medical schools.

Survey respondents each identified up to 15 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area. Those schools receiving the most votes in each specialty are numerically ranked in descending order based on the number of nominations they received, as long as the school or program received seven or more nominations in that specialty area. Nothing changed in this methodology for the specialty rankings this year compared to last year.

While the school of medicine has consistently earned one of the top spots in these rankings, it is important to note that an unexpected change in methodology contributed to a shift in our position on the list — as well as in the ranking of many other medical schools.

Specifically, USNWR used 2019 data provided the prior year for research funds (when the school of medicine was ranked #2), but utilized these data in a different way, which we do not believe captured the full extent of the school of medicine’s research enterprise. We are confident that the changes in reported funding amounts are solely related to methodologic changes and not to changes in performance.

We are proud to be recognized among these very high quality medical schools and specialty programs, and will continue to focus on training the next generation of medical and scientific leaders. For a complete list of the 2022 rankings, and to learn more about the methodology, please visit the USNWR website.


Kelsey Bennett