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For the second time in 5 years JABSOM ranked in the top 25 for “Best Medical School” by the U.S. News & World Report

Date: March 29th, 2021 in Donors, External News, Faculty, Grad PhD Students, Graduate Medical Education, IN THE NEWS, JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

Medical students in the Loui Lab at JABSOM.



JABSOM recognized in U.S. News & World Report “BEST MEDICAL SCHOOL” listing

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii is listed highly in the 2022 “Best Medical School” rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Medical schools are ranked by peer institutions and via a few national metrics in two main categories: “Primary Care” and “Research.” 

This year JABSOM is ranked at #24 in the Primary Care category out of the 122 ranked schools (selected from approximately 180 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools based in the US). This is the second time in 5 years that JABSOM made the top 25 (ranking #19 in the U.S. in Primary Care in 2016). Today, JABSOM is tied with Dartmouth College (NH), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Vermont.  JABSOM is also ranked #31 in the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care fields.  In Research, JABSOM is ranked at #64 and tied with Rush University (IL).

The medical school also is a national leader according to educational data released this month by the Association of American Medical Colleges which show:

  • JABSOM has led the nation the past five years in producing Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander physicians
  • JABSOM has a larger proportion of faculty who are women than 88% of other medical schools 
  • More JABSOM graduates are practicing primary care 10 years following graduation (the time it takes for full training and licensing to practice) than occurs at 78% of other medical schools (with more graduates choosing a primary care field for training than 88% of other medical schools)
  • More JABSOM graduates are practicing in-state 10 years following graduation than occurs at 50% of medical schools 
  • JABSOM medical graduates considered themselves better trained to care for people of different backgrounds than graduates at 99% of medical schools 
  • More JABSOM medical graduates planned to care for the underserved than graduates at 85% of medical schools, and
  • JABSOM led the nation in preparing students to address health disparities in their communities

*US News & World Report based its rankings on academic year 2020 JABSOM undergraduate medical education program data during which MD student enrollment totaled 305 medical students. JABSOM also trains about 235 MD Residents and Fellows in collaboration with teaching hospitals and clinics throughout Hawaii; JABSOM also has Masters and Doctorate programs in Biomedical Sciences, a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the state’s only Bachelors of Science Degree Program in Medical Laboratory Science. 

Click here for USNWR methodology. 

Click here for USNWR lists. 

Click here for information about UH Manoa’s other grad school rankings. 

For more information contact: Paula Bender of JABSOM Communications, Media & Government Relations.

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