Best Colleges for Surgeons: List of Top Medical Schools

Surgical programs at the country's top medical schools prepare students for careers as general surgeons or as surgeons in specialized fields. Both Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University not only offer four years of medical education and clerkship but postgraduate residencies and fellowships as well.

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Universities with Top Surgical Programs

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

Ranked as the medical school with the top internal medicine program in the country by U.S. News & World Report, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine offers a 4-year program in surgical education. Basic courses during the first and second years are graded as simply pass or fail, and in the spring of year two surgery students begin a 7-week clerkship. Beyond the four years of instruction, John Hopkins offers residency programs for postgraduate years 3-5 and fellowship rotations, which may include acute care, cardiothoracic, critical care, pediatric, plastic, transplantation and vascular surgeries. Hospital rotations for clerkships, residency and fellowships may be assigned to any of Johns Hopkins affiliated hospitals or medical centers, such as the University of Maryland Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital and Raymond M. Curtis Hand Rehabilitation Center, among others; the location depends upon the subspecialty assigned.

Contact Information

  • Address: 733 N. Broadway, Suite G-49, Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Phone Number: (410) 955-3182

2. Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons ranks ninth on U.S. News and World Reports 2010 list of medical schools with the best internal medicine programs. Students admitted into the surgical program may have the opportunity to research and study in 25 surgical specialties, including general surgery, various transplantation specialties, pediatric surgery and specific organ fields. Students rotate amongst seven affiliated hospitals and medical centers, such as Harlem Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dartmouth Medical Center and Bassett Healthcare, a rural health center. Students can also gain experience working at Columbia University's teaching hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital. The M.D. program covers four years of study and practice, including a 5-week clinical clerkship in surgery, with six available subspecialties; this occurs during the third year.

Contact Information

  • Address: 630 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032
  • Phone Number: (212) 305-3595

List of Good Medical Schools with Surgical Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 896 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390 (214) 648-5617
Harvard University 735 210 Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 432-1550
University of Washington 734 Health Sciences, Seattle WA 98195 (206) 543-7212
University of Pennsylvania 698 Edward J. Stemmler Hall, Ste. 100, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-8001
Northwestern University 695 303 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 503-0550
University of Alabama-Birmingham 685 1530 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 934-2433
University of California-Los Angeles 674 Center for Health Sciences, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-6081
University of Michigan 660 Medical Science I Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (313) 764-6317
Columbia University 624 630 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032 (212) 305-3595
University of California-San Francisco 600 C-200 Box 0408, San Francisco, CA 94143 (415) 476-4044
University of Iowa 583 1213 Medical Education Research Facility, Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 355-8049
Washington University in St. Louis 578 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 (314) 362-6848
University of Pittsburgh 569 3550 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (412) 648-9891
Emory University 517 1648 Pierce Dr. NE, Ste. 231, Atlanta, GA 30322 (404) 727-5660
Yale University 479 367 Cedar St., New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 785-2643
Johns Hopkins University 473 733 N. Broadway, Suite G-49, Baltimore, MD 21205 (410) 955-3182
Stanford University 470 251 Campus Dr., MSOB XC301, Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-6861
Vanderbilt University 451 215 Light Hall, Nashville, TN 37232 (615) 322-2145
Cornell University 405 445 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021 (212) 746-1067
Duke University 402 Durham, NC 27710 (919) 684-2985
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