Medical schools in Maryland provide students with the option to enroll in Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or combined graduate degree programs. Students in M.D. programs complete coursework and clinical practices to obtain the skills needed to become licensed physicians in the state, and these schools usually have their own medical facilities where students get hands-on experience. Aspiring physicians can enroll in dual degree programs to gain additional skills in an area like public health, bioengineering, public policy, preventative medicine or clinical research. Some combined programs prepare students to work in research settings, while others are designed to prepare them to become both physicians and medical researchers.
University of Maryland - Baltimore
The medical school at the University of Maryland - Baltimore was founded in 1807, making it one of the oldest in the United States. The school offers a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program along with a number of combined medical degrees. The school's M.D. program provides a comprehensive exposure to the methods and means of total patient care and treatment. Degree candidates spend the majority of the first two years in labs and classes, while they spend the last two years working with patients under direct supervision.
Medical students who want to become well versed in public health issues can enroll in the 5-year M.D./Master of Public Health combined degree program, while those interested in bioengineering topics can pursue the M.D./M.S. in Bioengineering dual degree. Prospective physicians interested in understanding, designing and implementing public health policy can enroll in a dual-degree program to earn an M.D./Master of Public Policy.
The M.D./M.S. in Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine program utilizes an interdisciplinary academic approach in exploring issues of public health related to the spread of disease, while the M.D./M.S. in Clinical Research program prepares students to conduct independent clinical research. The M.D/Ph.D. program is designed to train medical researchers, and students can focus in one of several fields, such as molecular medicine and neuroscience.
Johns Hopkins University
Located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine offers an M.D. program with the option of completing a Ph.D. program as well. Medical students benefit from working with Johns Hopkins Hospital, consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country.
Students pursuing an M.D. attend lectures and labs in the foundations of medicine for the first two years. The third and fourth years are spent in core clinical rotations in fields such as surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and neurology. Those in the M.D./Ph.D. program, which prepares students for work in academic or research settings, can choose from areas of focus that include genetics, immunology and biological chemistry.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore||4-year, public; large city|| M.D.
M.D./Master of Public Health.
M.D./M.S. in Bioengineering
M.D./Master of Public Policy
M.D./M.S. in Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine
M.D./M.S. in Clinical Research
|$16,456 (in-state), $33,609 (out-of-state)*|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| M.D.
Source: *NCES College Navigator.