According to the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), there are presently one hundred and thirty-one accredited medical schools in the USA. These are schools that confer the designation M.D. (Medicinae Doctor) upon their graduates. Indeed, it is difficult to actually choose the best medical schools in the USA, as each school is known for its particular strength. And none of the schools would be accredited if they did not possess at least the minimum requirements.
Undoubtedly, when judging the best medical schools, it is important to review many factors such as school mission or philosophy, entrance qualifications, affiliations with hospitals, respect in the community, in addition to modern up-to-the-minute teachings and equipment. For the purposes of this article, however, we have chosen to highlight five of the most popular or well-known best medical schools in the USA.
Please note that by discussing only five of the accredited schools, it is not an admission or opinion that the other schools are academically poor and thus, inferior by any means.
Harvard Medical School - Firmly entrenched in American society, HMS is very old and was established in 1782. With its focus on "alleviating human suffering caused by disease", it is associated with many hospitals and research institutes such as Brigham and Women's Hospital, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Children's Hospital Boston. Thirteen Harvard doctors have been Nobel Laureates from 1924 until 2009. HMS is home to several rare books and special collections including European books printed from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries, the medical library of Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a renowned collection of six thousand medical medals.
Johns Hopkins University School Medicine - Established in 1893, the school is known for being the first to accept women into the medical program, the first to use rubber gloves during surgical procedures, it was the first to develop renal dialysis and CPR, and it performed the first "blue baby" operation, leading the path to modern day heart surgery. It is also home to the country's oldest medical illustration program. Johns Hopkins has had sixteen Nobel prize winners in medicine since 1933. The most recent 2009 winner, Carol Greider, is the youngest woman to win in Physiology or Medicine.
Yale School of Medicine - Founded in 1810, YSM is focused on biomedical research resulting in many grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Nation's Medical Research Agency. The school is known for the "Yale system of medical education" where teaching is conducted in tutorial and conference style environments. Students are encouraged to investigate, and as a result are required to complete a thesis on original research. The school was the proud recipient of Harvey Cushing's collection of books. Known as the "Father of American Neurosurgery", the school library was named in his honor and is considered "one of the greatest medical historical libraries of the world".
Mayo Medical School College of Medicine - While the medical school is newer in relation to other colleges, it is nonetheless prestigious due to the famous Mayo Clinic. Founded in 1972, the school offers forty-two positions yearly to which twenty-six hundred hopefuls apply. Among various achievements, the Mayo Family or Clinic is known for the 1950 Nobel Prize in Cortisone Discovery, the creation of the first heart bypass machine, the development of a new DNA test (an important step for genetics research to rapidly (less than one hour) identify anthrax, and received the comprehensive cancer center designation by the National Cancer Institute.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Receiving its First Charter in 1963, MSSM opened in 1968 with a faculty of fifteen hundred and six operational departments including Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. The school has progressed considerably, and enjoys a coveted position within the medical establishment. Mount Sinai is known for describing various disorders such as Crohn's Disease and Tay-Sachs Disease. Among other notable firsts, they provided the first textbook in geriatrics.