UI Carver College of Medicine ranked among nation’s best

Medical students at White Coat Ceremony

In its 2018 edition of Best Graduate SchoolsU.S. News and World Report has once again ranked the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine among the nation’s best medical schools. In addition, the news magazine ranks the college’s Departments of Physician Assistant Studies and Services and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science among the top ten in the nation.

UI Carver College of Medicine was ranked for both its research and primary care missions—Number 21 in Primary Care and Number 35 in Research; and in the specialty areas, Rural Medicine ranked Number 12 and Family Medicine was Number 17. Physician Assistant Studies and Services (Number 2) and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (Number 6) also held steady in their rankings.

This recent recognition by U.S. News and World Report adds to that already received by UI Health Care from the magazine, including national rankings for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


The 140 medical schools fully accredited in 2016 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the 30 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited in 2016 by the American Osteopathic Association were surveyed for the rankings of research- and primary care-oriented medical schools; 118 schools provided the data needed to calculate the two rankings. The research model is based on a weighted average of eight indicators; the primary care model is based on seven indicators. Most are the same for both. The research model factors in NIH research activity; the primary care model uses proportion of graduates entering primary care.

Quality assessment: Three assessment surveys were conducted in the fall of 2016. In a peer survey, medical and osteopathic school deans, deans of academic affairs, and heads of internal medicine or the directors of admissions were asked to rate program quality on a scale of marginal (1) to outstanding (5). Respondents were asked to rate research and primary care programs separately. The response rate was 32 percent. Average peer assessment score in the research model is weighted by .20; average score in the primary care model, by .25. In two separate surveys, residency program directors were asked to rate programs using the same 5-point scale. One survey dealt with research and was sent to a sample of residency program directors designated by the medical schools as being involved in non-primary residencies. The other survey was sent to residency directors designated by the medical schools as being involved in primary care. Residency directors’ ratings for the three most recent years were averaged and weighted .20 for research and .15 for primary care. Schools supplied U.S. News names of residency program directors who were sent either of the surveys.

Research activity (.30 in the research model only): Research was measured as the total dollar amount of National Institutes of Health research grants awarded to the medical school and its affiliated hospitals (50 percent of this measure) and the average amount of those grants per fulltime medical school science or clinical faculty member (50 percent); for the rankings, both factors were averaged for fiscal years 2015 and 2016. An asterisk indicates schools that reported only NIH research grants going to their medical school in 2016. The NIH figures published are for fiscal year 2016 only.

Primary care rate (.30 in primary care model only): The percentage of medical or osteopathic school graduates entering primary care residencies in the fields of family practice, pediatrics, and internal medicine was averaged over the 2014, 2015, and 2016 graduating classes. Student selectivity (.20 in research, .15 in primary care): Based on three measures describing the class entering in fall 2016, median Medical College Admission Test total score (65 percent of this measure), median undergraduate GPA (30 percent), and the acceptance rate (5 percent). Faculty resources (.10 in research, .15 in primary care): Faculty resources were measured as the ratio of full-time science and clinical faculty to total medical or osteopathic students in 2016. Overall rank: Indicators were standardized about their means, and standardized scores were weighted, totaled and rescaled so the top school received 100; other schools received their percentage of the top school’s score.

Specialty rankings: Based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty at peer schools, who identified up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty. The top half of programs (by number of nominations) appear.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017