Top 10 Medical Schools around the world

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10. UCLA One of the youngest of the Top 10 medical schools is the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, standing at merely five years o...

10. UCLA

One of the youngest of the Top 10 medical schools is the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, standing at merely five years old. This prestigious institution continues to hold ranks against schools that are three-times older than itself, with an ever-growing faculty comprised of today’s best and brightest minds. One faculty member in particular named Louis J. Ignarro, shared a Nobel Prize in 1998 for work with nitric oxide and the cardiovascular system thus demonstrating the inherent prestige at work within UCLA’s medical school. Currently, the research being published by this highly-desirable medical school concerns the effectiveness of fish oil, revising liver disease in children and intravenous nutrition.

9. Karolinska Institute

Proudly residing in Sweden, this University accounts for more than half of Sweden’s healthcare research and medical discoveries within the country for over 100 years. Famously housing the Nobel assembly, Karolinska has selected Laureates in physiology and medicine since 1901 and continues to produce outstanding scholars in the fields of medicine, physiology, and other health-related fields. This University has had two of its own Laureates selected for their work in prostaglandins and related biologically active substances, which has gained the school both respect and support throughout the years. Current research has been focused around the University’s success in vaccines for a range of diseases from cardiovascular disease, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and HIV.

8. Imperial College London

This University brings together eight West London medical schools together into one institution, with the faculty consisting of five affiliated Laureates; one of these five Laureates being Sir Alexander Fleming who shared the prize with two other Professors, for their work in 1945 after discovering penicillin. The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust also works closely with the University and the academic health science center in managing five hospitals: Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Western Eye Hospital. which is one of the largest NHS trusts in London, Researchers recently have published the findings of the “intelligent knife”, which can tell in real time during surgery which tissues are cancerous and which are not.

7. University of Melbourne

The Medical School and the University of Melbourne officially welcomed students in 1862, making it the first Australian medical school. With famous alumni including Nobel Laureates Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet and Sir John Eccles, this school’s success lies in its first-class researchers and outstanding graduates. Based out of Victoria, Australia, this school specializes in a range of healthcare needs from rural health, to policy and practice, to clinical research, to community healthcare services and more. Currently, Professor Peter Doherty discovered how the human immune system recognizes virus-infected cells, which has led to not only national progress in healthcare but international success as well. Recently working diligently with epilepsy, this medical school has recently gained success in developing and testing a device that can be implemented into the brain to predict epileptic seizures.

6. Yale University

Founded in 1810, Yale University stands in New Haven, Connecticut as the sixth oldest medical school in the U.S. Dr. George E Palade region. Yale Medical School was the first to use chemotherapy to treat cancer, and was also the first University to discover Lyme disease. Home to the Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, this institution is well-known for its award-winning faculty which is comprised of 62 National Academy of Science members, 40 Institute of Medicine investigators and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Most recently, Yale has been in the spotlight for its brain research; more specifically speaking about the recent discovery of a technique for tracking electrical activity in the brain with fluorescent proteins, and having the proteins respond to optical sensors.

5. Stanford University

Stanford University resides in Stanford, California, where it has proudly produced four Nobel Laureates over the years from both students and its prestigious faculty members. Comprised of students and faculty dedicated to improving human health locally, nationally and globally, Stanford continues to provide quality patient care and well-trained professionals to the workforce through its main three modes of operation: Stanford’s School of Medicine, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Most notably as of late, in terms of the modern day research produced from Stanford, has been the University’s research and findings concerning the molecular flashlight; this discovery has helped people to outline tumors with improved accuracy and can target specific areas of the tumor for drug delivery. Another impressive research facet of the institution is its work with Alzheimer research, and the development of a newly discovered protein called C1q.

4. University of Cambridge

Dating back to 1540, the teaching of medicine at the University of Cambridge began with King Henry VIII appointing the University’s first Professorship to Dr. John Blyth for his groundbreaking work in physics. Housed in the United Kingdom, this world-renowned name is not only responsible for cultivating the minds of Stephen Hawking and Lord Kelvin, but consists of 31 constituent colleges with academic departments resulting in six separate schools of academia. The University’s Medical School has most recently been spearheading research on anti-HIV and HIV RNA packaging signal drugs and research, earning itself a worldwide reputation as one of the most credible and respectable medical schools. This institution specializes in research, medical education, graduate students and clinical academic training in order to present well-rounded, well-educated professionals into the healthcare field.

3. John Hopkins

Four years after the opening of John Hopkins Hospital, the John Hopkins School of Medicine was established and has ranked number 1 for 21 years in a row by US News & World Report. Most recently the research and technology produced at John Hopkins has centered around preventing type 2 diabetes, stem cells and the risk factors of heart failure in order to protect those people with predisposed genetic mutations like ARVD/C. Combining the concepts of research, teaching and patient care, John Hopkins School of Medicine has evolved into a nonprofit virtual $6.7 billion enterprise consisting of educated and productive physicians and scientists. Most recently, John Hopkins Professor Carol Greider won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology, joining the 19 other successful winners that John Hopkins has produced.

2. University of Oxford

From as early as the 14th century, Oxford Medicine has been hard at work discovering and identifying the hidden truths of science and medicine which have dramatically influenced modern healthcare. Located in Oxford, England, this institution attracts students from around the globe with its outstanding 91 percent satisfaction rating from students, in terms of their experiences while at the University. Obtaining 16 Nobel Prize throughout its years and earning worldwide prestige, one of the most notable accomplishments still stands from 1945 for the work in penicillin and its curative effects. Specializing in an array of expertise from becoming a general practitioner to a brain surgeon, Oxford Medicine has prepared hundreds of thousands of the world’s most successful and influential minds of medicine.

1. Harvard

Since its opening in 1782, Harvard Medical School has grown from a modest group of three students to now producing nine Nobel Prize winners, and thousands of influential international figureheads in the fields on science and medicine throughout the years. This school not only stands as Healthcare Global’s number one medical school, but is the most desirable and prestigious school in America with over 35,000 yearly applicants and only 5.8 percent  of those applicants being admitted. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this New England jewel stands as the world leader in research and academia through its commitment to research, classroom and clinical learning and teaching. Currently in the spotlight for Linda Buck’s 2004 discovery in the olfactory system and for the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute’s development of a personalized tumor vaccine for leukemia patients, Harvard has consistently proven to be the one to beat when it comes to cultivating the world’s best medical personnel.


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