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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.

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