Q: How do your fellows perform on boards?
We have a 100% pass rate dating back more than a decade! We believe that this is due to the strength and breadth of the training that our fellows receive during their experience at the University of Maryland.
Q: How are mentors chosen?
Mentors are chosen by the fellow based on their interests and career trajectories, rather than assigned. Most fellow-faculty mentorships occur naturally through the course of the first year, as research questions arise on the consult services. Program leadership also meets with each fellow in the first year to help them identify possible research interests and suggest well-matched faculty mentors for the fellow to contact. Following the choice of a mentor, a fellow will work with the mentor to develop a realistic project with achievable timelines.
Q: Can I obtain an MPH degree during my fellowship?
The University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology offers a Master of Science in Clinical Research as well as a Master of Public Health degree. Due to the course requirements of these degrees, fellows who choose to pursue one of these degrees should plan to do the degree coursework during a third year of fellowship. Funding is not guaranteed but in the past, most fellows have been able to secure funding through a combination of their research mentor and/or tuition remission.
Q: If I want to do clinical or basic science research, can I have more research time?
Yes! For fellows with an approved research project and mentor, the fellow and the program director can adjust the clinical schedule accordingly to allow the necessary amount of time free of clinical rotations. Longitudinal/continuity care clinic must be continued during this time, in accordance with ACGME rules. Fellows who have been productive in such an experience and who require or wish additional time in clinical or basic science research have the option of extending their fellowship to accomplish their goals.
Q: How much 'in-house' call is there?
There is NO mandated in-house call for our fellows in any of their years of training. Very infrequently (once or twice per year in the entire program), a fellow may be called in from home to see an acutely ill patient (usually a malaria patient), but no one spends the night in the hospital.
Q: How is vacation time handled?
Fellows have 3 weeks of vacation annually, which they request at the beginning of the academic year.
Q: What is the salary and benefits package?
The University of Maryland Medical Center offers fellows a competitive salary and benefits package. Click here for the most recent update.
Q: Can fellows moonlight during the fellowship?
Fellows are allowed to moonlight after written approval is obtained by the program leadership. There are often moonlighting opportunities on the internal medicine non-teaching services. Moonlighting should never interfere with the clinical duties and learning in the fellowship. Restrictions on duty hours and the amount of moonlighting allowed per rotation apply.
Q: Is Baltimore a safe place to live and work?
While Baltimore has recently been in the national spotlight, this should not deter you. Those of us who live and work here are proud of the progress that we have made since April 2015 and to care for a population that faces daily hardships and lack of easy access to preventative medical care. The University of Maryland has redoubled its efforts to engage with and improve our community. Baltimore continues to be an appealing and accessible urban environment in which to live and work. It also remains a vibrant tourist destination, with abundant cultural, sports, recreational, and entertainment opportunities, great restaurants, multiple festivals, historical landmarks, and diverse neighborhoods. Welcome to our city!