Just in! 2019 Rankings for Top Canadian Medical Schools!


The results for next year’s top Canadian medical schools to attend. After twelve years in the number one spot, McGill University is now sharing their top spot with the University of Toronto. If you’re a medical student looking for the right school below is your list.

The Rankings

The schools listed range in what exact programs they offer, but all are incredibly focused on research. This means that, although they are all top ranked schools, they may not all offer the same degrees or programs, thus making different schools better for different individuals.

Why It’s Important

This listing can give current and future medical school students an idea on what school to choose for their studies, or where their current schools fall in terms of education. Choosing a great medical school is essential to future physicians. Schools should be chosen based on a variety of factors, include:

  • A solid reputation in both the academic and medical fields
  • Great student support and experience
  • Diverse offering of degrees, including specialized study areas
  • Affordability, including the potential offering of scholarships, grants, and other tuition assistance programs

1/2: McGill University/University of Toronto

The top spot is a tie between these two universities. Last year, McGill University was in first place while Toronto was in second. The student satisfaction ratings were 14 and 13, respectively. Also respectively, the reputational survey ranked them at a three and a one.

3: University of British Columbia

UBC stayed in the third spot this year. They scored a seven in student satisfaction, and a two in reputation.

4: McMaster University

McMaster rose two spots from last year, when they ranked in sixth place. This year’s reputational survey scored them a four, and student satisfaction was ranked a four on average.

5: Queen’s University

Down one spot from last year, this university ranked a two in student satisfaction and a six in reputation.

6: Alberta University

This school also dropped one place this year. They were given an eight in student satisfaction and a five in reputation.

7: Dalhousie University

Dalhousie snuck up a spot from their eighth-place last year. Students gave a rating of ten, which is also the score given on reputation.

8: Western University

Down a spot from last year, Western University scored a six in student satisfaction and a seven in reputation.

9: Ottawa University

Ottawa holds tight to its number nine spot, staying stationary for a second year running. They were given a 15 in student satisfaction and a 12 in reputation.

10: Montreal University

Last year, Montreal was just out of the top ten at spot #11. A student satisfaction score of 5 and a reputation score of 8 allowed them to climb one spot to sit in the top ten.

Runners Up:

Although they didn’t make the top ten, a few schools came very close and should still be considered among the best medical schools Canada has to offer. Calgary and Laval University’s tied for eleventh place, quickly followed by Sherbrooke University. Another tie has Manitoba and Saskatchewan sitting at fourteenth.



What Are the Top 10 Medical Schools in the United States?

Top 10 Medical Schools in the US

If you are interested in attending an American medical school, there are dozens from which to choose. Below, you will find the top 10 medical schools in the country. These schools are ranked according to USMLE pass rates, post-graduation success, and more.

#1 – Harvard University

Harvard is arguably the most prestigious medical school in not only the United States, but also the entire world. The faculty are the most brilliant minds in their fields, and Harvard’s medical professionals are focused on research and innovation, as well. The school was established in 1636, making it the oldest university in the country.

#2 – Stanford University

Stanford is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Recently, through the Stanford Challenge campaign, the school spent $4.3 billion to enhance its research on the environment, human health, arts, education, and more. It’s one of the top research universities in the world, particularly when it comes to the medical field.

#3 – Johns Hopkins University

This school opened its doors in 1876 and has since set worldwide standards for educating new physicians and surgeons. Its medical center is known around the world for its ambition and research initiatives, as well. There are some 24,000 students attending the university at any given time, with several thousand of these students attending the medical program and performing their residencies at the famed Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

#4 – The University of California

The UCSF’s School of Medicine is one of four professional schools, and it’s also one of the best in the country. Their research program focuses on basic science, which serves as a foundation for everything from medicine to engineering. The school places a great deal of focus on learning more about the very foundations of biology, which drives innovation.

#5 – University of Pennsylvania

UPenn has been operational since 1740, and it offers four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, giving it a very broad reach. It focuses on intellectual rigor, inclusivity, and research to improve the lives of people around the world, and its medical program is certainly no exception. The school spends some $700 million each year on new research initiatives, many of which are in the medical field.

#6 – Columbia University

Columbia has led the nation in medical education for more than 250 years, and with more than 200 individual research centers and institutes, it sets world standards for research initiative. The university offers some of the best work-study programs, internships, and residencies in the country, as well.

#7 – Duke University

Though Duke is in its infancy compared to many of the other prestigious medical schools in the US, it has certainly proven its value to the country. It focuses on the pursuit of knowledge and is especially appealing to students who want to broaden their ideas and test their talents – even in the medical field.

#8 – Washington University at St. Louis

The medical school at Washington University is all about creating diversity in the medical field. Its research center is known as one of the most productive and effective in the world, as well. Students value this university for its unique career center, which helps aspiring doctors determine their career paths long before graduation.

#9 – University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is yet another top contender when it comes to US medical schools thanks to its unique approach to data analysis and research. It offers some 31 master’s programs related to medicine and health, and it spends $1.3 billion each year on research initiatives alone. These initiatives not only produce some of the world’s greatest doctors, but also create jobs, enhance the economy, and make the world a better place for humankind.

#10 – Yale University

Yale is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country, and it was founded back in 1701. It boasts numerous research centers that focus on various disciplines, including several specific to biology, medicine, and technology that could benefit the medical world. Career advising is top-notch here, and they offer some of the finest residency opportunities in the country.

If you are interested in attending medical school in the United States, these 10 options are the cream of the crop. Admission requirements are quite stringent, however, so be sure to check them out, work hard, and do your very best if you want to attend.



Are Medical Schools in Canada About to Go Through Some Changes?

Canadian Medical Students

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that everything changes with time. Recent changes to Canada laws will undeniably affect medical schools, and while some believe the reform could be for the better, there are others who are not so sure. Here’s what you need to know about Canadian medical schools and the upcoming changes.

Medical Licensing Examination Reform

All Canadian medical students who wish to practice as doctors in the country must take and pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination, or MCCEE. This exam is designed to test potential doctors’ competency and knowledge before they begin their residencies. For many years, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), has allowed students to take the exam at any point during their last year of medical school. Recently, however, the MCC started allowing students to take the exam as early as 20 months before graduating, instead – and for an interesting reason.

Recently, the MCC introduced yet another examination, called the National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Exam, or NAC-OSCE, which is required for international medical graduates who are seeking licenses to practice medicine in Canada. This examination will be administered in September of each international student’s final year of medical school, and as a result, the MCC allows earlier administration of the MCCEE so the exams do not coincide.

The Good and the Bad

The MCC believes the NAC-OSCE examination is necessary to gauge the ability to international graduate students prior to providing licensure due in part to the different curriculum and medical standards in different countries. In theory, it is an excellent means of ensuring Canadian residents receive the same level of excellent medical care from every physician across the country, regardless of that doctor’s country of origin.

However, it is posing significant problems, particularly for Canadian students who are studying in Irish medical schools. To put it simply, students who received their medical schooling abroad, but who want to be licensed in Canada, are being asked to take the equivalent of a final-year exam nearly two years prior to graduation. What’s more, they are being asked to take this examination during their clinical rotations, which are exhausting and demanding as is. Even after all of these, students must still study for, take, and pass the NAC-OSCE to receive a license and start their residencies.

Fear for the Future

The Irish medical education system relies heavily on funding from Canadian students’ tuition, and without it, there is significant fear that the country’s ability to educate new doctors will crumble. Canadian medical students make up some 13% of all medical students in Ireland. Now that the students are being asked to take two grueling examinations – and one of them nearly two years before the end of their formal training – experts think Canadian medical students will simply strive to remain in Canada to avoid the NAC-OSCE altogether.

Though the idea of standardizing education for all Canadian doctors is one born out of good intentions, the way it is being implemented seems nothing short of impossible for international students. Things certainly will change, but it’s more likely that Irish medical schools will take the brunt of the negative effects. Only time will tell.