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UI Carver College of Medicine ranks among ‘Best Graduate Schools’ by U.S. News for 2022

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Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Medical school ranked in 8 categories this year; 2 other programs maintain top-5 rankings

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In its 2022 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in the following “Best Medical Schools” categories:

Best Medical Schools

  • Family Medicine: No. 14

  • Primary Care: No. 22

  • Internal Medicine: No. 27

  • Research: No. 39


Also, the college’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services maintains its No. 1 ranking from the 2020 U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science keeps its No. 4 position from last year’s (2021) rankings. Updated rankings for physician assistant and physical therapy programs were not compiled this year.

Two of the four Carver College of Medicine programs included in the 2022 “Best Medical Schools” rankings improved from last year. Family Medicine climbed from No. 15 to No. 14, and Internal Medicine rose from No. 29 to No. 27.

In addition, this year U.S. News added four new rankings categories that include the Carver College of Medicine:

Additional Rankings

  • Rural: No. 31

  • Diversity Index: No. 86

  • Primary Care Production: No. 106

  • Health Professional Shortage Areas: No. 121


The 2022 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings help elevate the national reputation of Carver College of Medicine programs and reflect excellence in medical education and training, says Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine.

“The U.S. News rankings recognize outstanding programs, faculty, and staff. This is recognition that current and prospective students and trainees notice,” Jackson says. “To be included in the rankings also helps in the recruitment and retention of the very best faculty members, whose expertise as scientists, clinicians, and teachers strengthens our educational and research programs.”



Methodology for ‘Best Medical Schools’ rankings

U.S. News surveyed the 191 medical and osteopathic schools accredited in 2020 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association. This data collection, plus results from peer assessment surveys, were used to calculate the overall rankings and medical field specialty rankings.

Of those 191 schools surveyed in fall 2020 and early 2021, 129 responded. Ultimately, 122 of these medical and osteopathic schools were ranked; seven were unranked because, as of late winter 2021, they only had provisional, preliminary, or pre-accreditation.

U.S. News produced two distinct medical school rankings for research and primary care. Both evaluate schools on their faculty resources, the academic achievement of their entering students, and qualitative assessments by schools and residency directors.

The research rankings include two measures of research productivity: total dollar amount of federal grants and contracts plus the total number of federal grants and contracts per faculty member. Previously, these indicators were based solely on National Institutes of Health grants.

The primary care rankings incorporate two metrics on graduates going into primary care: the proportion of a medical school’s 2012-2014 graduates who are practicing in a primary care specialty, and the percentage of medical school graduates entering primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics, and internal medicine, averaged over the years 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The specialty rankings of family medicine and internal medicine are based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the schools surveyed.

Among the new categories added by U.S. News this year, the diversity index ranking is based on a medical school’s total enrollment of underrepresented minority students (URM) and the ratio of a school’s URM to state or national numbers. The rankings in rural medicine, primary care production, and health professional shortage areas are based on the percentage of a medical school’s 2012-2014 graduates practicing in these categories.

U.S. News also periodically ranks programs in the arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities, and health, which includes physical therapy and physician assistant programs.

For additional details on the rankings methodology for schools of medicine visit usnews.com/gradmeth.