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Best Medical Schools In The World For 2021

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes the prestigious title of the world’s medical school for 2021, that’s according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Harvard Medical School earned itself a respectable second place, with Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is ranked third. The 2021 rankings placed NYU Grossman School of Medicine in fourth ahead of Stanford University School of Medicine into fifth; while Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons ranked sixth, and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 best medical schools, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM), UCSF School of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine took the No. 11 spot, followed by Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Yale School of Medicine (No.13). Meanwhile, ANorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best medical schools in the world for 2021. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine came in fifteenth place, followed by Duke University School of Medicine (sixteenth), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (seventeenth), the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (eighteenth), and the University of Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor, ranked nineteenth.

Out of the 100 best medical schools in the world for 2021, the University of Washington School of Medicine ranked No. 20th. Only fully accredited degree programs or schools in good standing during the study period are ranked. So, if you are thinking about boosting your prospects with an accredited degree in medicine, we have got just the thing for you; here are 100 outstanding international medical schools that can help advance your career.

Best Medical Schools In The World For 2021

1Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimore, MarylandUS99.06
2Harvard Medical SchoolBoston, MAUS98.13
3Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUS96.75
4NYU Grossman School of MedicineNew York City, New YorkUS96.53
5Stanford University School of MedicineStanford, CaliforniaUS96.15
6Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew York City, New YorkUS94.4
7Mayo Clinic Alix School of MedicineRochester, MinnesotaUS93.69
8David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM)Los Angeles, CAUS92.08
9UCSF School of MedicineSan Francisco, CaliforniaUS91.26
10Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisSt. Louis, MOUS91.23
11University of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh, PennsylvaniaUS90.68
12Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical SciencesNew York City, New YorkUS90.3
13Yale School of MedicineNew Haven, ConnecticutUS89.67
14Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicago, IllinoisUS89.11
15Vanderbilt University School of MedicineNashville, TennesseeUS88.73
16Duke University School of MedicineDurham, North CarolinaUS88.52
17Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew York City, New YorkUS88.23
18University of Chicago Pritzker School of MedicineChicago, IllinoisUS87.76
19University of Michigan Medical School Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MIUS87.64
20University of Washington School of MedicineSeattle, WashingtonUS87.62
21University of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel Hill, North CarolinaUS86.85
22UC San Diego School of MedicineSan Diego, CaliforniaUS86.6
23All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia86.38
24Oxford University Medical SchoolOxford, EnglandUK86.02
25University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnati, OUS85.08
26University of Cambridge School of Clinical MedicineCambridge, EnglandUK84.96
27Boston University School of MedicineBoston, MAUS84.75
28Karolinska InstituteSolnaSweden84.64
29Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolis, IndianaUS84.43
30UCL Medical SchoolLondon, EnglandUK83.79
31Baylor College of MedicineHouston, TexasUS83.39
32University of Toronto's Faculty of MedicineTorontoCanada83.39
33Melbourne Medical SchoolMelbourneAustralia83.26
34Armed Forces Medical CollegePuneIndia83.04
35University of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesville, VAUS82.95
36Faculty of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondon, EnglandUK82.87
37University of Sydney School of MedicineCamperdownAustralia82.8
38GKT School of Medical EducationLondon, EnglandUK82.69
39Case Western Reserve School of MedicineCleveland, OhioUS82.48
40London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondon, EnglandUK82.38
41NUS Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineSingaporeSingapore82.34
42University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcester, MassachusettsUS82.24
43McGill University - Faculty of MedicineMontrealCanada82.06
44Seoul National University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea81.93
45Medical Faculty - Heidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany81.82
46Emory School of MedicineAtlanta, GeorgiaUS81.46
47Faculty of Medicine - The University of TokyoTokyoJapan81.08
48UBC Faculty of MedicineVancouverCanada80.96
49Christian Medical CollegeVelloreIndia80.83
50University of California, Irvine School of MedicineIrvine, CaliforniaUS80.78
51Faculty of Medicine - University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands80.68
52Monash School of MedicineMelbourneAustralia80.11
53UT Southwestern Medical SchoolDallas, TexasUS79.69
54University of ManchesterManchester, EnglandUK79.54
55Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed)Hong KongHong Kong79.46
56Georgetown University School-MedicineWashington D.C.US79.39
57Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark79.08
58Erasmus MC | Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamNetherlands78.86
60School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-MadisonMadison, WisconsinUS78.77
61Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong78.72
62McMaster University Medical SchoolHamiltonCanada78.49
63University of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolis, MinnesotaUS77.95
64Madras Medical CollegeChennaiIndia77.94
65Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignKievUkraine77.75
66School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortland, ORUS77.55
67Medicine at LMU Munich - Ludwig Maximilian University of MunichMunichGermany77.42
68Faculty of Medicine - Sorbonne UniversiteParisFrance77.35
69National Taiwan University School of MedicineTaipeiTaiwan77.28
70University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB)Birmingham, AlabamaUS77.22
71Faculty of Medicine - KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium77.16
72Institute of Medical Sciences BHUVaranasiIndia76.77
73University of Colorado School of MedicineAurora, ColoradoUS76.77
74Graduate School of Medicine Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan76.76
75Peking University Health Science CenterBeijingChina76.56
76Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CaliforniaUS76.46
77SKKU School of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea76.46
78Faculty of Medicine - University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland76.32
79University of Florida College of MedicineGainesville, FloridaUS75.66
80Faculty of Medicine - Universiteit UtrechtUtrechtNetherlands75.52
81Medicine - Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain75.49
82UC Davis School of MedicineSacramento, CAUS75.45
83Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences - Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands75.11
84TUM School of Medicine (TUM MED)MunichGermany74.89
85Albert Einstein College of MedicineNew York City, New YorkUS74.8
86ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland74.79
87Leiden University Medical CenterLeidenNetherlands74.13
88University of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake City, UtahUS74.11
89Faculty of Medicine - Lund UniversityLundSweden73.66
90International Medical School, University of MilanMilanItaly73.59
91Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode IslandUS73.21
92School of Medicine at National and Kapodistrian UniversityAthensGreece73.16
93University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochester, New YorkUS73.08
94Medicine - University of GroningenGroningenNetherlands73.05
95University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore, MarylandUS72.95
96University of Crete Medical SchoolCreteGreece72.74
97Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of MedicineIowa City, IowaUS72.57
98Ohio State University College of MedicineColumbus, OhioUS72.33
99School of Medicine at Aristotle UniversityThessalonikiGreece72.03
100Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria72.03

Methodology: CEOWORLD magazine’s best medical schools in the world for 2021 is based on 7 major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic reputation
2) Admission Eligibility
3) Specialization
4) Global reputation and influence
5) Annual tuition and fees
6) Research performance
7) Student satisfaction

We believe rankings are one useful tool among many for evaluating the merits of a school of degree program, but should not be relied upon exclusively or take the place of personal judgment or consultation with educational experts. Data for these indicators were collected from publicly available sources, medical school’s website, as well as our own editorial judgement. Information considered includes rankings and awards from reputable national and international publications, student-to-professor ratio, admissions acceptance rate, retention and graduation rates, tuition cost, financial aid availability, and accreditation. Students, industry professionals, and academicians were asked to rate medical schools on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

*However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the 100 medical schools above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s best medical schools in the world for 2021,” there may be many other outstanding schools that offer excellent programs.
* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a medical school, and are simply one element to consider.
* Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of the CEOWORLD magazine.
* The top-ranked medical school receives 100 points.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 90,000 individuals, across 7 data points.
* Surveys completed by 40,000 students, 48,000 industry professionals, and 2,000 academicians around the world.
*The overall score is numerical scores given to the schools based on students, academicians, and industry professionals — measuring the quality of the school. Overall scores are out of 100.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 90,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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Sophie Ireland
SVP for News and Editorial Director. As CEOWORLD magazine's senior vice president for news and editorial director, Sophie Ireland oversees CEOWORLD magazine's journalism and journalists around the world and across platforms. She leads an award-winning team of journalists and newsroom executives who are committed to excellence, innovation and the highest quality reporting and storytelling. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at sophie@ceoworld.biz.