University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is a medical school located in La Jolla, California, USA.
The school held its first class in 1968 and conferred its first degrees in 1972. The school aggressively recruited leading physician scientists of its era and rapidly gained a reputation as an elite medical school. The inaugural class in 1971 achieved the highest score in the country on the National Board of Medical Examiners Step 1 Examination, propelling the young School into the national spotlight.
UCSD School of Medicine was ranked 15th in the 2009 edition of U.S. News and World Report for research. UCSD School of Medicine was ranked 35th in primary care. UCSD School of Medicine is ranked 5th in the nation among public medical schools by U.S. News and World Report - the youngest school among the top 5 public schools.