The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University’s Miller School of Medicine propose to offer a joint MD/JD degree program. The law curriculum prepares medical students for careers in health sector law, leadership and policy. It also prepares future physicians for legal aspects of running a private medical practice or heading a group practice.
This joint program allows students to obtain both MD and JD degrees in six years.

The first two years are spent in the MD program. Years three and four are focused on the JD degree and the final two years are spent completing the MD degree and the final JD credits.

In the third year, students will complete the standard first year J.D. curriculum at the School of Law for a total of 32 credits. During the fourth year, it is expected that students will complete a total of 33 credits. There are an additional 12 credits of coursework to be completed in the School of Law which will take the form of summer courses and/or intersession courses. The total number of credits to be completed through coursework at the Law School for the JD degree is 77. The remaining 11 of the 88 required JD credits will be transferred from the Medical School course work and will be double-counted toward both degrees. These credits may include co-listed courses, such as the Idea of a Hospital, an interdisciplinary course co-listed in both the Law School and Medical School (as well as other UM Schools). Students will be able to take co-listed courses and register in the program where the student would like the credits to apply. Of course, co-listed courses are particularly suitable to double-counting for the J.D. degree when taken as a Medical School course.

The Law School expects the list of recommended courses to expand in the future. Opportunities for practicums and externships will be developed as part of this program. Students will receive their J.D. degree during the May graduation of their sixth year of the joint program because some of the credits to be transferred from the School of Medicine will be taken their 6th year when electives are built into the medical school curriculum. An elective course offering which will be required for this joint degree is the Medical Legal Clinic (offered as either a 2-credit or 4-credit course) sponsored by the Law School and offered through the School of Medicine. Students who have completed all but the last five credits may walk at Law School graduation with their law school cohort. (Please note that the 11 credits from the Medical School to be transferred to the J.D. program may not be from any Medical School courses taken prior to matriculation in the Law School.)

Curriculum Requirements - Medicine

MDR 501Molecular Basis of Life4
MDR 502Cellular Function and Regulation4
MDR 503Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology6
MDR 504Human Structure8
MDR 506Neuroscience and Behavioral Science8
MDR 507Cardiovascular System7
MDR 508Problem Based Learning I0.25
MDR 509Problem Based Learning II0.25
MDR 518Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I4
MDR 519Doctoring II: The Art and Practice of Medicine II4
MDR 530Epidemiology I1
MDR 610Respiratory System5
MDR 612Renal System5
MDR 613Endocrine and Reproductive Systems5
MDR 614Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition5
MDR 615Hematology/Oncology5
MDR 616Dermatology and Ophthalmology2
MDR 619Case Based Learning - Infection and Inflammation4
MDR 620Problem Based Learning III0.5
MDR 621Problem Based Learning IV0.5
MDR 628Doctoring III: The Art and Practice of Medicine III4
MDR 629Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine4
MDR 630Epidemiology II1
MDR 702Interprofessional Patient Safety1
MDR 703Core Family and Community Medicine4
MDR 705Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship4
MDR 706Core Internal Medicine Clerkship8
MDR 707Neurology Clerkship4
MDR 708Core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship6
MDR 709Core Pediatrics Clerkship6
MDR 710Core Psychiatry Clerkship6
MDR 711Core Surgery Clerkship8
MDR 712Anesthesiology Clerkship2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
Sub-Internship A4
Sub-Internship B4
800+ Elective14
Total Credit Hours170.5

Sub-Internship A Options

MDR 819Family Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 847JMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 857Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 892Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Sub-I4
MDR 897Pediatrics Sub-I4
MDR 958UMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 959JFK Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 961MIA VAMC Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 1028HCH Medicine Sub-I4

Sub-Internship B Options

MDR 852Neurosurgery Sub-I4
MDR 856Gynecologic Oncology Sub-I4
MDR 863Orthopedic Trauma Sub-I4
MDR 875Otolaryngology Sub-I4
MDR 917Burn Unit Sub-I4
MDR 919Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 920General Surgery EI Sub-I4
MDR 921General Surgery EII Sub-I4
MDR 922General Surgery EIII Sub-I4
MDR 927Pediatric Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 937Urology Sub-I4
MDR 941HCH Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 943General Surgery E IV Sub-I4
MDR 944MIA VAMC General Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 948JFK Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 1029Plastic Surgery SUB-I4

Elective Options

Electives may include any 800+ level course EXCEPT the following:
MDR 805Geriatrics: Morse Center Palm Beach2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 990HCH Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 1003Public Health Sub-Internship4
MDR 1030Transition to Clinical Rotations1

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredit Hours
MDR 501 Molecular Basis of Life 4
MDR 502 Cellular Function and Regulation 4
MDR 503 Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology 6
MDR 504 Human Structure 8
MDR 506 Neuroscience and Behavioral Science 8
MDR 507 Cardiovascular System 7
MDR 508 Problem Based Learning I 0.25
MDR 509 Problem Based Learning II 0.25
MDR 518 Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I 4
MDR 519 Doctoring II: The Art and Practice of Medicine II 4
MDR 530 Epidemiology I 1
 Credit Hours46.5
Year Two
MDR 610 Respiratory System 5
MDR 612 Renal System 5
MDR 613 Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 5
MDR 614 Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition 5
MDR 615 Hematology/Oncology 5
MDR 616 Dermatology and Ophthalmology 2
MDR 619 Case Based Learning - Infection and Inflammation 4
MDR 620 Problem Based Learning III 0.5
MDR 621 Problem Based Learning IV 0.5
MDR 628 Doctoring III: The Art and Practice of Medicine III 4
MDR 629 Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine 4
MDR 630 Epidemiology II 1
 Credit Hours41
Year Three
MDR 710 Core Psychiatry Clerkship 6
Law Requirements  
 Credit Hours6
Year Four
Law Requirements  
 Credit Hours0
Year Five
MDR 702 Interprofessional Patient Safety 1
MDR 703 Core Family and Community Medicine 4
MDR 705 Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship 4
MDR 706 Core Internal Medicine Clerkship 8
MDR 707 Neurology Clerkship 4
MDR 708 Core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 6
MDR 709 Core Pediatrics Clerkship 6
MDR 711 Core Surgery Clerkship 8
Law Requirements  
 Credit Hours41
Year Six
MDR 712 Anesthesiology Clerkship 2
MDR 812 Emergency Medicine Clerkship 4
MDR 909 Radiology Clerkship 4
MDR 957 Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship 4
Sub-Internship A 4
Sub-Internship B 4
800+ Elective 14
 Credit Hours36
 Total Credit Hours170.5