U.S. News & World Report: Hawaii medical school one of nation’s best

University of Hawaii ranks #19 in U.S. for primary care

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is ranked in the top 20 medical schools in the country, according to the 2016 “Best U.S. Medical Schools” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

Climbing steadily on the list for several years, this is the medical school’s best ever showing in the rankings, which are closely watched among the country’s 171 accredited medical schools.

JABSOM’s ranking, as #19 in the U.S. for primary care medicine represents a leap from 2015’s 57th place finish. The ranking is shared with University of California-Davis, UC-San Diego, and the medical schools at the University of Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh and Washington University in St. Louis.

In addition, the UH Mānoa medical school also ranked in the Top 75 in Research, landing at #74, tied with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University. Last year JABSOM research was ranked number 78.

“Every year more than half of our graduating physicians choose to continue training toward licensure in primary care fields. These are physicians on the front lines of health care delivery-specialists in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and emergency medicine. The U.S. News & World Report scores continue to show that JABSOM is gaining additional national recognition amongst its fellow U.S. medical schools,” said Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of JABSOM.

“Fifty years ago the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) opened with a vision to provide the best medical education for our community. Today, JABSOM was recognized as one of the top 20 medical schools in the country for primary care medicine. Congratulations to Dean Jerris Hedges, the faculty, staff, students and alumni for fulfilling that vision,” said Gov. David Ige.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on expert opinions as well as statistics that measure medical schools’ quality in areas of faculty, research and students.

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