University of Maryland School of Medicine


The University of Maryland School of Medicine is located on the Baltimore City Campus, and is the fifth oldest medical school in the United States.The first class graduatedin1810.Itwasoneofthefirstcollegestobuild itsownhospitalforclinicalinstruction.Theschoolispart of the 11 campuses of the University of Maryland system. The School of Medicine at the Baltimore Campus isthecentralcomponentofalargeacademicHealthCenter that provides for medical education, patient care, biomedical research, and community service.


First and second years: The basic sciences are integrated and taught as systems, using interdisciplinary teaching with both basic and clinical science faculty. Contact hours have been reduced, with an emphasis on independent study. A half-day course in introduction to clinical practice is dedicated to the instruction of interviewing, physical examination, intimate human behavior, ethics, and the dynamics of ambulatory care. Third year: Clerkships through major medical specialties. A mandatory rotation in family medicine is included. There is emphasis on ambulatory teaching in all other disciplines and a longitudinal half-day experience in a clinical setting in which the student will have continuity of care for patients and families. Fourth year: Devoted to ambulatory care, student subinternships, and electives.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program that involves visits to colleges, seminars, and workshops. A prematriculation summer program is available to all students for those accepted into the first year. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in all the basic sciences and in epidemiology, human genetics, and preventive medicine. An MD-MS degree in biomedical ethics is available. An MPH program is available to students after matriculation.


In addition to the minimum premedical science courses, requirements include 1 year of English. Applicants must also have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours at an accredited college or university. Preference is given to Maryland residents. The application process has several stages. All AMCAS applicants now receive a second-stage application. From those in Stage 2, applicants are selected for interviews, which are conducted on campus. Transfer and advanced standing: Information not available. Transfers into the third year limited only by attrition.


A letter grade system is used. Step 1 of the USMLE is required, and promotion to the third year is dependent on passing. Teaching: The school is located a short distance from the newly developed Inner Harbor. University Hospital and affiliated hospitals around Baltimore have more than 1400 beds for teaching purposes. Other: The school also is affiliated with the Shock Trauma Center, Cancer Center, Institute of Psychiatric and Human Behavior, and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute. Library: The Health Sciences Library houses more than 240,000 volumes and subscribes to 3100 periodicals. It also provides access to a wide range of data bases. Housing: Dormitory rooms are available on campus in the apartments and town houses are available a short distance from the campus.

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