Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County leads the nation in producing undergraduate African American students who go on to complete M.D./Ph.D. programs. These degree programs combine scientific and medical education and are geared toward students who want to do research in fields relating to medicine.
Since the 2000-01 academic year, 427 African Americans have earned M.D./Ph.D. degrees in the United States. Of these more than 10 percent were alumni of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“The success of our students entering and completing M.D./Ph.D. programs is made possible by UMBC’s commitment to undergraduate research,” says Keith Harmon, director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC. “Our students are able to have sustained research experiences at UMBC, making them extremely competitive and attractive applicants.”
The Meyerhoff Scholars program has produced 1,100 graduates since it began in 1993. Nearly 275 Meyerhoff Scholars have gone on to earn a Ph.D. and 49 have completed M.D./Ph.D. programs.