Medical school ranks tops in primary care, family medicine

The UW School of Medicine once again leads the nation for primary care education and family medicine training.

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Once again the University of Washington School of Medicine has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in primary care education and family medicine training.  The new rankings appear in the  2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. This marks the 27th time the School has received the No. 1 primary care ranking since 1995. It has ranked among the top two schools for family medicine training for the past 30 years.

The UW School of Medicine also continues to place second in the nation, among all medical schools, for federal research grant funding. It received $996 million of federal grants in 2020. 

medical students training in classroom
An instructor teaches UW medical students about the ciculatory system.

UW Medicine faculty have received more than $1 billion of total research grant funding annually for the past nine years.

“We are very pleased and proud to again be a top leader in the nation in primary care, family medicine and federal research grant funding,” said Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine, and dean of the UW School of Medicine. “This distinction is a tribute to our faculty, staff, students and trainees who are dedicated to our mission of improving the health of the public through outstanding teaching, research and patient care.”

The UW School of Medicine is ranked among the top 20 medical schools in the country in the following specialties:

  • No. 1, Family Medicine
  • No. 6, Pediatrics
  • No. 13, Internal Medicine
  • No. 13, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • No. 16, Radiology
  • No. 19, Anesthesiology
  • No. 20, Surgery

The UW School of Medicine serves the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho through its WWAMI program of regionalized medical education. Medical students and residents train in communities throughout these five states. The WWAMI program is a key element in the medical school’s nationally recognized success in teaching rural medicine, family medicine and other primary care fields. 

Here also is the list of the overall University of Washington graduate and professional school U.S. News high rankings for 2023.


-- written by Kim Blakeley, UW School of Medicine 

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