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What are the top medical schools in America?

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U.S. News and World Report lists the medical schools at Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities as the best research schools for 2014. For primary care, the list ranks University of Washington, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and Oregon Science and Health University as the top three.

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What are the top medical schools in America?
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U.S. News and World Report publishes an annual list of the best medical schools in America based on the responses to a statistical survey sent to medical schools, U.S. News states.

The magazine ranks the best medical schools for certain specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, AIDS, drug and alcohol treatment, geriatrics, pediatrics and women's health. Schools are ranked for certain factors, which are then combined into an aggregate score. These scores determine a medical school's ranking, the magazine states.

Twenty percent of a school's ranking comes from a peer assessment score, which analyzes how well-regarded a school is by the deans of other schools. An additional 20 percent comes from how well-regarded a school is by directors of residency programs. Thirty percent is based on total research activity. Another 20 percent of a school's ranking comes from its selectivity, which is measured by average MCAT scores, average undergraduate GPA of entering students and overall acceptance rate of the school. A final 10 percent comes from faculty resources, in particular the student-faculty ratio of the school.

The weight of some of the factors varies for research schools and primary care schools, U.S. News states.

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