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Duke University School of Medicine Ranks Third in Nation for Research

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
By Lindsay Key
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Duke University School of Medicine vaulted to No. 3 for research among 122 medical schools in the nation—tying its highest ranking in history—in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of graduate programs released today. It was also ranked third in 2001.

The magazine’s research rankings are based on numerous indicators, including assessment by deans and residency directors (reputation), as well as faculty-student ratio, student admissions statistics such as MCAT, GPA and acceptance rates, and total federal research activity.

In addition to the research ranking, seven specialty programs in the School of Medicine—including Psychiatry—placed in the top 10:

  • Surgery – second
  • Anesthesiology – fourth
  • Internal Medicine – fifth
  • Radiology – sixth 
  • Pediatrics – seventh, tied
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – eighth
  • Psychiatry – tenth

Visit the School of Medicine blog to learn more.