Medical Scientist Training/MD-PhD Program


We’ve heard it all before. Students come to Hopkins with a variety of pre-conceived notions about Baltimore, but many come to love their underdog “Charm City” when they discover it can be safe, fun, and liveable despite its reputation.

Life in Baltimore

Adapted from the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering’s “Life in Baltimore – Lots to Do”
With its wealth of history, culture, and dining, Baltimore is a wonderful city for visitors and residents alike. Located in the heart of the Eastern Shore and near the Chesapeake Bay, the city has plenty of options for both nature lovers and urbanites. And if over the course of your six to eight years you should exhaust your options in Baltimore, you can travel to Washington DC in less than an hour, Philadelphia in two hours, and New York in three.

Things to do in…
DC and Baltimore
Just Baltimore

Housing and Neighborhoods
Baltimore is one of the most affordable cities on the East Coast.

Cheap and not so cheap Eats
Baltimore Magazine Dining Guide
Baltimore named the second best food city in America of 2015

Museums and Other Sites
The Walters Museum
The Baltimore Museum of Art
The National Aquarium

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Blues and Jazz

Hiking and Biking
Maryland State Parks and Forests
Assateague State Park

Whitetail Ski Resort

Downtown Sailing Club

Sports Teams
Baltimore Sports & Social Club, Inc.
Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Ravens


The School of Medicine is deeply committed to the safety and the security of students, faculty and employees. We are proud of our location, of our partnership with the community, and our mission to serve the people of Baltimore. In 1994, a University-wide Corporate Security Services (CSS) was created to provide friendly but effective controlled access to the campus. In the last three years, there have been no violent crimes against persons on our campus, an admirable record in any setting, urban or rural. The statistics below are not meant to cast doubt on the safety of other campuses (each school will be able to provide a much more thorough picture of its own campuses’ safety outlook), but only to show that our security teams have done an excellent job ensuring student safety on campus. They are provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education in the United States Department of Education.

US Dept. of Labor Campus Crime Statistics for Medical School Campuses (2012):

Campus Sex offenses–Forcible Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft
Johns Hopkins 0 0 1 0 0
Harvard 0 0 0 5 0
Univ. of Pennsylvania 12 1 1 21 0
UCSF 2 1 2 14 4
Washington Univ. St. Louis 4 3 5 2 7
Cornell 0 0 0 0 0
Stanford 26 1 10 102 15

Note: No campus recorded a murder/non-negligent manslaughter or negligent manslaughter in 2012.

Students then ask about safety in the surrounding community and the city at large. Baltimore is a big city, and as in many big cities students must be cautious. However, Hopkins provides an extensive shuttle network to assist students and ensure safety. Furthermore, Baltimore is one of the cheapest cities on the east coast, allowing students to easily find affordable housing in safe neighborhoods.

Cost of Living

An advantage of Baltimore is that the comparatively low cost of living allows students to find affordable housing in safe neighborhoods. The table below provides stipend comparisons for Hopkins and several institutions, as provided by CNN’s Money Net and Sperling’s Best Places. The amount under “equivalent in Baltimore” is an estimation of what stipend in Baltimore is comparable to a stipend in another city. As you can see, our stipend goes a long way toward ensuring you can find a comfortable, safe living situation during your time here.

Program Stipend – Initial Stipend Equivalent for Baltimore Stipend – Graduate Years and Later Stipend Equivalent for Baltimore
Johns Hopkins
(Baltimore, MD)
27,032 27,032 28,645 28,645
Cornell Tri-I
(New York, NY)
28,500 15,513 33,000 17,962
(Boston, MA)
28,000 24,288 32,616 28,292
(San Francisco, CA)
30,000 21,960 30,000 21,960
Univ. of Pennsylvania
(Philadelphia, PA)
30,500 29,060 30,500 29,060