UCSD School of Medicine Ranked 15th nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked UC San Diego’s Schoolof Medicine 15th among the nation’s 120 research-intensive medical school programs, it was announced Thursday.

UCSD’s ranking in primary care also increased by nine points--to 26th from 35th last year, according to the university.

The ranking appeared in the magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools’’ 2010 edition.

Topping U.S. News & World Report’s list of best medical schools was Harvard, followed by Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and UC San Francisco.

The rankings were based on peer assessments, grade-point average, test scores, grant support, the faculty-to-student ratio and other factors.