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News release: JABSOM earns Best Medical School Badges PLUS top marks just in from Association of American Medical Colleges

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Latest Department News

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii is ranked in the top 60 of over 175 accredited medical schools (allopathic and osteopathic) in 2020 Best Medical School School Rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. JABSOM, which has placed as high as #19 in Primary Care (2015) in the rankings, rose from last year’s rank of #59 in Primary Care to 55 for 2020.

At #55, the school tied with Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel School of Medicine in Philadelphia, with 4.5 times JABSOM’s *enrollment; Virginia Commonwealth, with more than twice JABSOM’s enrollment; and Ohio’s Case Western Reserve, with more than three times JABSOM’s enrollment.

In Research, JABSOM is ranked this year at #56 (from 2019’s #41) and tied with much larger schools: Stony Brook University of New York, with nearly twice JABSOM’s enrollment; the Thomas Jefferson University Kimmel School of Medicine; and Boston’s Tufts University, with almost three times JABSOM’s enrollment.

The medical school also is a national leader according to data released this week by the Association of American Medical Colleges which show:

  • JABSOM has led the nation the past five years in producing Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander physicians
  • JABSOM has had a greater proportion of faculty who are womenthan 95% of other medical schools during the last five years
  • More JABSOM graduates are practicing primary care10 years following graduation (the time it takes for full training and obtaining a license to practice) than 89% of other medical schools
  • More JABSOM graduates are practicing in-state10 years following graduation than at 71% of medical schools
  • JABSOM prepared medical graduates better to care for people of different backgroundsthan 96% of medical schools
  • JABSOM better prepares its graduates to care for the underservedthan 85% of other medical schools

*US News & World Report based its rankings on JABSOM undergraduate medical education of 290 medical students. JABSOM also trains about 235 MD Residents and Fellows in collaboration with teaching hospitals and clinics throughout Hawaii and has master’s and doctorate programs in Biomedical Sciences, a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the state’s only Bachelor’s of Science Degree Program in Medical Technology.


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Tina Shelton

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Director of Communications, Media

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University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine