Many of the best medical schools in the world are located in the United States. Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania immediately emerge as leading candidates in any discussion of the top medical schools in the world.
There are, however, a number of top international medical schools that should also be considered as part of any discussion of the best medical schools worldwide.
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge was the highest rated school for biomedical research outside of the United States in 2009, according to the “Times Higher Education Supplement,” a well-respected ranking publication.
Medical schools generally are divided up and rated according to the categories of research institutions and schools with top-rated, primary-care programs.
Cambridge rated only second to Harvard among all schools worldwide. Cambridge prides itself on its medical research in the areas of cancer research, cardiovascular medicine, stem cell research, epidemiology and public health, genetics, haematological and transplantation medicine, infection and immunity, diabetes, endocrinology, neuroscience and mental health and women’s health.
The school also emphasizes training in medical practice through its school of clinical medicine. Cambridge also offers PhD programs through its graduate school of life sciences, which works closely with the medical school to promote research.
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Box 111
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford ranked third among all medical schools worldwide in 2009, according to the “Times Higher Education Supplement.” Oxford, like Cambridge, is world-renowned for its research in most academic disciplines including medicine.
Like Cambridge, Oxford also houses several departments within the medical school including anesthetics, cardiovascular medicine, clinical medicine, clinical neurology and pharmacology, oncology, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, rheumatology and musculoskeletal sciences, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health, primary care and surgery.
The university’s medical school is also the home of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and the Gray Institute for Radiology, Oncology and Biology.
Medical Sciences Office
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford, OX3 9DU
http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicineUniversity of Tokyo
Rated seventh worldwide, the University of Tokyo was the third international medical school located outside of the United States. Tokyo’s medical school, like Oxford and Cambridge, is world-renowned for its biomedical research, clinical research and for its training in the clinical practice of medicine.
The University of Tokyo has numerous departments within the medical school that emphasize research in molecular cell biology, functional biology, pathology, immunology and microbiology, radiology and biomedical engineering, neuroscience, social medicine, internal medicine, health sciences, nursing and international health.
University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku,