The University of Chicago and Northwestern are again among the top 20 research medical schools in the country, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

U of C’s Pritzker School of Medicine tied for 15th place with the University of Pittsburgh, while Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine was 17th.

In the previous rankings, U of C tied for 11th and Northwestern was again 17th.

The University of Illinois ranked 52nd this time, compared with 47th in the previous ranking.

Rush University in Chicago tied for 59th place with five other schools. The school was not ranked last year. In all, 64 schools are on the list.

For primary care, Northwestern was the highest-ranked local school, tying for 24th with two others. U of C tied with six other schools at No. 34, and U of I tied with three for 51st.

Loyola University Chicago’s medical school, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago and Midwestern University in Downers Grove were not ranked on either list this year or last year.

Midwestern, which also has a campus in Glendale, Ariz., is an osteopathic school that traces its history to the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded in 1900. Osteopathic students, who receive a D.O. degree rather than an M.D., get the same education as traditional medical students with the addition of hands-on instruction that aims to relieve pain through manipulating musculoskeletal tissue.

U.S. News used some criteria for both research and primary care rankings: admissions statistics, including students’ Medical College Admission Test scores and GPAs, and schools’ acceptance rates and faculty-student ratios.

The research rankings also factor in the dollar amount of research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health to a medical school and its affiliated hospitals, plus the average research activity per faculty member, as calculated by the total research grant dollar amount divided by full-time faculty members.

The primary care rankings factor in the percentage of a school’s graduates entering primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine.


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