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Pulse - Winter/Spring 2016 Patients Rate Our Graduates Among Best Doctors in U.S.

The list of winners of the Vitals Patients' Choice award, a recognition of top-rated doctors across the country, was released at the end of January. In a ranking of which medical schools produced the most awardees, the College of Medicine came in at number 7.

Patients' Choice winners are selected based on more than 6 million reviews and ratings collected from patients during the calendar year. Only 5 percent of doctors nationwide are recognized.

After the results were tallied, Vitals compared the data on award-winning physicians to all doctors in its comprehensive provider database and found several commonalities. The Vitals Patients' Choice winners have two years' more experience than other physicians, and their patients' waiting time is roughly 20 percent shorter than average. And, not surprisingly, school matters. Most of the 10 U.S. medical schools producing the highest numbers of Vitals Patients' Choice winners were in the Midwest, perhaps lending credence to the region's claim on charm and friendliness. However, there were some exceptions, most notable to us: Drexel University College of Medicine.

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