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Research Opportunities

Clinical Image 09The School of Medicine has 420,000 square feet of research space, including 64,000 square feet in the Health Sciences Facility (HSF) and an additional 65,000 square feet in HSF-II, which opened in 2002. The Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) and the Maryland Biotechnology Institute - which includes the Institute of Human Virology - also provide rich research opportunities on campus for our students.

Research is supported by the Health Sciences Library, a state-of-the-art regional medical library. At present, School of Medicine trainees number 150 postdoctoral fellows and 233 PhD students.

The School of Medicine has continued to strengthen its research activities, resulting in an increase in funded research by 270% over the past decade. In 2005, the School had $349.5 million in sponsored research. MD/PhD students are expected to write fellowship applications to NIH or other funding agencies. We have a high success rate of achieving these awards. F30 (Individual Predoctoral AwardsFor M.D./PH.D. Fellowships) and F31 (Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Minority Students) grants are generally submitted in the first year of your PhD training.

According to the latest available Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports, the School of Medicine ranked in the top 10 among the 75 public medical schools and the top 20 among all 125 U.S. medical schools in total research funding. So you can be sure that the University of Maryland School of Medicine will offer you outstanding facilities and excellent research support as you pursue your MD/PhD training.

 A key strength of the research structure that supports MSTP training has been the development of interdisciplinary organized research centers (ORC's), institutes, and programs that serve as bridges between traditional academic departments and catalysts for multidisciplinary translational research between basic and clinical departments.  These interdisciplinary centers and programs provide the multidisciplinary team environment for hands-on research experiences of our students.  Some of these impressive programs have been established and internationally recognized for many years.

Research Training at the National Institutes of Health

The SOM MSTP participates in the MD/PhD Partnership Training Program at the NIH, which allows our students to do their research training in any of hundreds of laboratories at the premier federal research institution. We encourage all applicants to the MSTP to simultaneously apply to the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program.

Organized Translational Research Centers

Outstanding translational research has been a vigorous enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  The overall research structure of our medical school supports active translational research that include multi-disciplinary research centers, institutes and programs  that provide an excellent opportunity for our MSTP students.