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UTHSC College of Medicine Ranked No. 24 in U.S. for Primary Care


The College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is ranked No. 24 for Best Medical Schools for Primary Care, according the new U.S. News & World Report 2023-2024 Best Graduate Schools ranking. The UTHSC College of Medicine tied for the No. 24 slot in primary care with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the rankings that were released this month.

The UTHSC College of Medicine is the highest-ranked medical school in Tennessee for primary care.

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college No. 18 of 161 medical schools with the most graduates practicing in medically underserved areas, No. 46 for most graduates practicing in primary care fields, and No. 49 for most graduates practicing in rural areas.

“Martin Luther King said, ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.’ As we address these concerns, we are grateful to be recognized for our work in caring for the underserved and for those living in rural settings,” said Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine. “We are committed to our continuing efforts to improve the health of  all Tennesseans.”

U.S. News & Word Report also ranked the College Medicine’s Physician Assistant program No. 46 in the country and No. 1 in Tennessee. The UTHSC Physician Assistant Program accepted its first cohort in 2014.

“What I’m most proud about is not just getting the ranking, but really coming in and making a splash in Tennessee with being a relatively young program compared to the other more established programs that have been here for many years,” said Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C, program director and associate professor.

The College of Medicine educates and trains medical students across the state with campuses in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville.