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We Are Not Your Traditional Medical School

“The University of Maryland has always been a wonderful place for learning how to take excellent care of patients. It still is, but, over the past decade or so, Maryland has gradually become an even more cutting-edge research facility.”

Harry C. Knipp, MD
Alumnus, Class of 1976

Leading the Way

As America’s oldest public medical school, we have forged the way in many new directions, producing generations of medical pioneers for more than 200 years. As one of the top medical schools in the country,* we continue to lead today. Our impact is felt around the globe.

We are the first medical school in the country to:

  • institute a residency-training program,
  • create a teaching hospital,
  • establish a dedicated multidisciplinary program in trauma, and
  • institute many other “firsts”.

As the founding institution of the University of Maryland’s 11-campus system, the School of Medicine, with its partner the University of Maryland Medical Center, trains more than half of all the practicing physicians in Maryland and our faculty physicians accommodate one million patient visits per year.

In the span of two centuries, the School of Medicine has developed some of the world's foremost programs in trauma care, human virology, vaccine development, cancer, and aging research. We are leading the way in many new areas, including stem cell research, genomics, and integrative medicine.

We have established many traditions, but we are not your traditional medical school -- we’ve broken the mold! The University of Maryland School of Medicine is not only an exceptional educational institution, or a well-regarded center of research, or an advanced healthcare facility. We are all of this, and more.

* The University of Maryland School of Medicine ranks 8th among public medical schools and 23rd among all 144 total medical schools in the U.S., both public and private, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A Dynamic Institution

Innovative Education

"We are training medical students to be less inclined toward simply memorizing facts and more interested in treating patients as people."

Donna S. Hanes, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Not only are we America’s oldest public medical school, we are also one of the most dynamic medical institutions today – ranking in the top 10 of all public medical schools and top 20 among all medical schools, both public and private.

We Are:

Pioneering – We are discovering solutions and forging new pathways.

For more than two centuries, the School of Medicine has attracted, nurtured, and engendered talented physicians and scientists who are dedicated to understanding and improving medicine and the science behind it. These men and women lead the way in finding solutions to some of today’s most important biomedical challenges. 

Authoritative – We are the leading experts, creating expertise.

To prepare more than 1,200 students for careers as physicians, biomedical researchers, and allied health professionals, the University of Maryland School of Medicine exposes them to the world’s leading professional, educational, and investigational experts – our faculty. We recruit and develop faculty to serve as exemplary role models for our students. 

Socially Responsible – We are serving the needs of all patients at home and abroad.

We provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care to all patients. Our faculty physicians work to improve access for the underserved, reduce and eliminate health disparities, and deliver health education to those in need – in Maryland and throughout the world. The School is recognized internationally for operating research programs and delivering lifesaving care in more than 20 countries.

Transformative – We have the power to change, and we are inspiring change in others.

Based on our long record of promoting excellence in research, education, and patient care, the School of Medicine provides the innovative tools and broad perspectives that today’s medical students need to prepare for a dynamic and challenging healthcare environment.

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