Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus are home to just some of Ohio’s best medical schools. But the state actually has a lot more to offer than that!
Students enrolled in any of the seven allopathic and osteopathic medical schools covered on this list can be sure of receiving a top-tier education under the guidance of esteemed medical professionals.
Here we take a look at the best of them, dive into their curriculums, and talk about what it actually is that makes them special.
Ready to learn more? Let’s get started.
List of the 7 Best Medical Schools in Ohio
The following schools are ranked according to their position in the US News Top Medical Schools – Research list for 2022.
1. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Located in Cleveland, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – or CaseMed – is Ohio’s largest biomedical research center. It’s also the highest–ranked medical school in Ohio by US News in 2021, taking the 25th spot nationally in the Research category.
Between 1850 and 1856, six of the first seven women to receive a medical degree graduated from the school, then called Western Reserve University. And one of these women was Marie Zakrzewska. She not only founded hospitals for women but also contributed to breaking the barriers deterring women from practicing medicine in the United States.
In 2006, CaseMed introduced its WR2 curriculum that unites the disciplines of medicine and public health. This curriculum emphasizes independent study. During the first 18 months of school, students participate in mentored experiences in research. Moreover, all CaseMed students complete a dedicated four-month-long research block during their four years of study.
Students can get involved in more than 35 student organizations or choose to get hands-on experience at the nearby Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.
Case Western Reserve is the most selective medical school in Ohio, with an acceptance rate of 6.7%. The average GPA is 3.85, and the average MCAT score is 518.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the impressive Case Western’s Health Education campus…
- Location: Health Education Campus, 9501 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
- Contact: 216-368-2000
- Admissions Info: case.edu/admissions-requirements
2. Ohio State University College of Medicine
As a world-renowned institution, the Ohio State College of Medicine promises to provide an excellent medical education by combining a modern curriculum and innovative research. US News currently ranks the medical school as one of the best in the nation, awarding Ohio State 28th place in Primary Care and 33rd place in Research.
Ohio State was the first medical center in the United States to insert a digital pacemaker in a patient. Another medical first for Ohio State was performing a heart bypass using minimally invasive robotics technology. And as a leader in imaging research, Ohio State installed the 8 tesla MRI in 1998, the world’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging scanner.
Situated in the state capital of Columbus, Ohio State is one of the most populous schools in the nation. OSU students can cheer on the much-acclaimed Buckeyes Division I sports teams.
The acceptance rate for the College of Medicine is 5.3%, the average GPA is 3.80, and the average MCAT score is 515.
Check out more on what Ohio State Med offers in the video below…
- Location: 370 W. 9th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
- Contact: 614-292-7137
- Admissions Info: medicine.osu.edu/education
3. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
The College of Medicine, located in the heart of Cincinnati, is reputed for providing leading-edge research and training prominent health care professionals. It is consistently in the top one-third of American medical schools. Indeed, US News ranks its Pediatrics specialty #3 in the nation in 2021. The University of Cincinnati is also ranked #42 for Research and #59 for Primary Care.
Some historians consider it to be the oldest medical school west of the Allegheny Mountains.
The College of Medicine is part of the Academic Health Center (AHC). The AHC is famous for developing the first live, attenuated polio vaccine and discovering the popular antihistamine Benadryl.
Since 2011, the curriculum involves more clinical instruction in the first two years of medical school.
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has a 7.6% acceptance rate, with an average GPA of 3.74 and an average MCAT score of 515.
For more insight on what UC College of Medicine offers prospective students, check out the video below…
- Location: CARE/Crawley Building, Suite E-870 3230 Eden Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45267
- Contact: 513-558-7333
- Admissions Info: med.uc.edu/admissions
4. Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ohio University Heritage College is the only osteopathic medical school in the state of Ohio. It trains primary care physicians and specialists to treat the whole patient, prioritizing prevention and wellness. The school’s approach emphasizes physician-patient relationships. This approach includes delivering care to diverse patient populations, considering their environment, beliefs, and values.
Students follow either the Clinical Presentation Continuum (CPC) or the Patient-Centered Continuum (PCC) during the first two years. The CPC track is more traditional, with extensive lectures, problem sets, and panel discussions. In comparison, the PCC track emphasizes student-defined objectives. Students also learn patient interviewing skills through clinical and community experiences.
The average GPA at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is 3.65, with an average MCAT score of 505, and an acceptance rate of 7.4%.
Take a campus tour of Heritage College in the video below…
- Location: Heritage Hall, Athens, OH 45701
- Contact: 800-345-1560
- Admissions Info: ohio.edu/medicine/med-admissions
5. The University of Toledo College of Medicine
The UToledo College of Medicine is a student-centered institution focused on healthcare and biomedical research. The school prepares its students for highly competitive careers by integrating research, education, and patient care.
In 2016, the College of Medicine and Life Sciences teamed up with Toledo-based health system ProMedica. The goal of this affiliation is to attract and keep good medical talent in Toledo. The partnership also enhances the training and education for students, creating a world-class academic medical center.
The University of Toledo College of Medicine has an acceptance rate of 7.5%, an average GPA of 3.65, and an average MCAT score of 505.
Take a virtual tour of the school in the video below…
- Location: 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, OH 43606
- Contact: 800-586-5336
- Admissions Info: utoledo.edu/med/admission/
6. Boonshoft School of Medicine
The Boonshoft School of Medicine is the medical school of Wright State University, located in Dayton, Ohio.
Wright State University is affiliated with six major teaching hospitals and two federal institutions in the Greater Dayton area for clinical training. It also has formal affiliation agreements with more than 25 health care institutions in southwestern Ohio’s Miami Valley.
The close-knit community spirit at Boonshoft fosters an atmosphere of genuine support and encouragement. Classes have small sizes, and the faculty is accessible. The curriculum teaches skills and habits for lifelong learning, supporting students’ development as curious and self-directed learners.
The acceptance rate at Boonshoft is 2.8%, the average GPA is 3.66, and the average MCAT score is 504.
Check out the video below for more on Boonshoft School of Med…
- Location: 310 E. Superior St., Morton Building 1-606, Chicago, IL 60611-30083640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435 USA
- Contact: 937-775-1000
- Admissions Info: medicine.wright.edu/admissions
7. Northeast Ohio Medical University
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is a community-based, public medical school in Rootstown, Ohio, an hour’s drive away southeast of Cleveland.
NEOMED has partnerships with the public universities of Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State, Youngstown State, and the private college of Hiram. It also partners with 24 hospitals to help bring wellness and accessible health care to the medically underserved in Ohio.
The Northeast Ohio Medical University has an average GPA of 3.76 and an average MCAT score of 506.
See the video below for a “sneak peek” at NEOMED’s offering…
- Location: 4209 St. Rt. 44, PO Box 95, Rootstown, Ohio 44272
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Admissions Info: neomed.edu/admissions
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Born and raised in the UK, Will went into medicine late (31) after a career in journalism. He’s into football (soccer), learned Spanish after 5 years in Spain, and has had his work published all over the web. Read more.