Per the latest research by the Association of American Medical Colleges, projected shortages of primary care physicians range between 14,900 and 35,600 by 2025. That’s critical because primary care typically is the initial point of contact for a patient when an illness, injury or other health concern arises. Primary care physicians not only treat patients throughout their illness, but continue to work with them afterward to help develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and preventative practices.
If you’re considering a career in primary care, you’ll want to check out U.S. News’ recently released rankings of the Best Medical Schools for primary care training. To develop the latest list, researchers surveyed the 140 medical schools fully accredited in 2015 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the 30 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited in 2015 by the American Osteopathic Association were surveyed. Rankings were based on multiple indicators including student selectivity admissions statistics (MCAT, GPA and acceptance rate) and faculty-student ratio.
Results reveal the top 10 choices for prospective primary care medical students are:
- University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
- University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
- University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
- Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
- University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Duke University, Durham, NC
- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Find out where the medical school you’re eyeing falls in the rankings, along with enrollment numbers and tuition costs, at the U.S. News website. And no matter which medical specialty you’re considering, make sure you’ve got a competitive edge by enrolling at St. Augustine, Florida’s WOLFPACC. You’ll learn an innovative new approach to the study and practice of medicine, while getting highly targeted training for passing the USMLE and COMLEX exams. Call 904-209-3140 to speak with an enrollment specialist today.