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School of Medicine Rankings 2017

U.S. News & World Report


Aug. 8, 2017 - The University of Colorado School of Medicine has been ranked 8th nationally in primary care in U.S. News & World Report.

The publication released its annual survey today. Each year it ranks medical schools in two broad categories – primary care and research. In this year’s rankings, the University of Colorado School of Medicine ranked No. 35 as a research institution.

In addition to the broader categories, U.S. News also ranks specific programs in medical schools and health care disciplines. CU ranked high in several categories:

  • 3rd in Family Medicine
  • 5th in Physician Assistant Program
  • 6th in Pediatrics
  • 6th in Rural Medicine
  • 15th in Physical Therapy Program

The school’s ranking in the magazine’s research category changed several years ago when its Department of Preventive Medicine was merged into the Colorado School of Public Health. As a result, some grants and functions that are used to establish the U.S. News rankings were reassigned to the school of public health and are no longer considered in ranking the School of Medicine in the research category.

Rankings for other schools and colleges at Anschutz Medical Campus include:

  • 22nd Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 26th Master's in Nursing  
  • 34th Doctor of Nursing Practice

In separate rankings, two Anschutz Medical Campus hospitals also were highly rated.

In 2017, University of Colorado Hospital was named the 15th best hospital in the country, five spots up from last year's 20th place ranking. UCH once again gained inclusion to the national Honor Roll.​ Nationally, (out of nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed) UCH ranked in 11 adult specialties including:

  • 1: Pulmonology
  • 6: Diabetes and endocrinology
  • 11: Kidney disorders
  • 16: Gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery
  • 18: Orthopedics
  • 28: Neurology and neurosurgery
  • 29: Cancer
  • 32: Geriatrics
  • 32: Cardiology and heart surgery
  • 38: Urology 
  • 43: Gynecology

Children's Hospit​al Colorado ranked in nine pediatric specialty areas:

  • 6: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 
  • 7: Pulmonology
  • 7: Cardiology and Heart Surgery​
  • 8: Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders 
  • 8: Cancer Care
  • 13: Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • 13: Urology
  • 25: Neonatology
  • 34: Nephrology

Affiliate institute National Jewish Health was ranked 1st in respiratory care with UCH.