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MD/Master's Programs: Early Specialization for Medical Students

The combined MD/Master's Programs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) were developed because medical students are often interested in taking time off from school for a variety of reasons. Among the programs student have been interested in are: 1) Master's programs in specific disciplines or 2) year-long basic-translational-clinical research programs.

We recognize that some medical students are interested in pursuing multiple study programs because they want enhance their medical training. With this in mind, the school has brought together a number of academic pursuits to complement the medical degree. These new degrees are in Bioengineering (MS BIOE), Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Public Health (MPH), Public Policy (MPP) with programs in Business Administration (MBA), Education (medical pedagogy), and Health Services Administration (MHA) to follow in September, 2009.

The goal of the programs is to train physicians in emerging areas of interest. To accomplish these activities, these 5-year combined degree programs were developed to provide students with the opportunities to embark on medical, research or administrative careers or continue their education as doctoral candidates should they desire.

These Master's programs are either at the UM SoM or in collaboration with our sister institutions in College Park (UMCP) and Baltimore County (UMBC). They will provide both classroom and experiential learning in Bioengineering, Business Administration, Clinical & Translational Research, Education, Epidemiology, Health Services Administration, Public Health, Public Policy. Students are encouraged to apply during the medical school application process but entry into these programs is also afforded once a student has matriculated. The combined MD/Master's programs are of five years duration and can incorporate courses during the academic year and summers as well as the year-off.

All such educational and research programs require a formal although many students remain minimally enrolled to sustain their health insurance, ensure that educational loans are not immediately repayable, and to remain eligible for financial aid. Most of these programs require either a or a .

Research Environment

The combined programs utilize the diverse nature of the School of Medicine faculty and University System of Maryland and our proximity to other campuses in the system and to Washington, DC.

The dual MD/Master's Program takes advantage of the rich educational offerings and programmatic successes offered by the faculty at the UM SOM , University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Maryland College Park (the Smith School of Business is co-located on the UMB campus).

Program Requirements and Schedule

Requirements for the combined MD and Master's degrees are equivalent to those of the separate degrees of the Doctor of Medicine of the School of Medicine and the specific Master's degree of Graduate School at each campus. The dual degree program can usually be completed within five 6 years. In most cases, an entering student will defer taking any courses until the second semester of the first year and then only take one course each of the remaining three semesters. A full course load is possible for the prematriculation summer and the summer between the first and second years in medical school. Dual degree students are advised to take a leave of absence before starting their clinical years except for a clinical research fellowship or the MS Clinical Research when their leave of absence is between the third and four years. A 'capstone' course is required for most master's programs and must be completed in the fourth year of medical school with one month of elective being provided for successful completion of all prior requirements. Maintaining a 'B' is required in medical school and Master's Programs.

Financial Support during MD/Master's Training

In order to be flexible in the pursuit of these combined degree programs. It is important for trainees to minimize debt through student loans. Students accepted into these Programs will receive financial counseling for the duration of their studies so that their year can be accomplished with minimal financial burden. The program will work with students to seek a benefit package inclusive of the Master's portion of the program, the cost of which is based on resident status as determined by the University, and can be apportioned over the duration of the program's five years.

Application Process

The combined MD/Master's programs are open to all qualified applicants, regardless of state residence. Applicants to the Programs are required to meet the admissions requirements of the School of Medicine. Applicants complete and file an AMCAS application, choosing the University of Maryland as one of the schools to receive the application. The secondary application package includes an MD/Combined Master's Program supplemental form which must be completed and returned with the secondary application. Criteria for admission include MCAT scores, the undergraduate/graduate academic records, letters of recommendation and, very importantly, experience and/or strong interest directed towards the area of the Master's program. THE GRE is required for the MBA program.  Applicants are selected for interviews based on the above criteria. Prospective students are interviewed for the MD/Master's Programs and the School of Medicine during their initial visit to the campus. Admission to the MD/Master's Programs is determined by the individual MD/Master's Advisory Committee in consultation with the Medical School Admissions Committee.

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