The 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Medical Schools: Research Ranking was just released, and the University of Minnesota Medical School has been ranked #42. School rankings for the preceding three years were: #40, #43 and #46.

This year the report moved to standardize the numbers used to calculate the two research variables using information each medical school is required to file yearly with the LCME for fiscal year 2018-2019. This change resulted in a decrease in reported funding for the U of M Medical School.

The Medical School’s rankings in Primary Care rose to #5 this year, up from #15 in the 2021 rankings and #10 in 2020. A new variable was added this year--medical school graduates practicing in primary care specialties—which likely had a positive impact.

Other factors include the residency director reputation survey score increasing slightly in research and primary care.

“The U.S. News and World Report rankings are a visible and valuable measure to show how we compare to our peers,” said Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical School. “It is an important demonstration of the progress we are making in our overall goals to improve clinical care, drive innovation through research, and train the next generation of healthcare professionals.”