MD-Master of Engineering Dual Degree
For Duke MD students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation
The Doctor of Medicine-Master of Engineering Dual Degree (MD-MEng) is a five-year program designed for MD candidates within the Duke University School of Medicine who have strong interests in health care, engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The MD-MEng program is part of Duke MEDx, a joint initiative between Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and School of Medicine.
Duke MD-MEng students are eligible to receive the Barr-Spach Medicine and Engineering Scholarship to support tuition and fees.
Earn an Engineering Master's During Your Third YEar
- Seven engineering courses—taken during the Third Year of medical school
- A thesis, with a focus on the discovery of a health care need and the design of a solution—completed in the Fourth Year
- An internship, focused on engineering—completed in the Fourth Year
- Take seven (7) courses in your engineering discipline. In recent years, MD-MEng students have studied:
- Three (3) MD courses can be credited toward the Master of Engineering
- Browse other Master of Engineering disciplines offered at Duke »
Thesis Focused on Engineering Innovation
- Identification, prioritization, and selection of a health care need with high potential impact and value
- Conceptual design of an innovative solution
Complete an engineering practice-oriented internship, which can be a further development of the design in your thesis:
- Detailed engineering design, construction, and test of a proof-of-concept prototype
- Protection of the resulting intellectual property
- Presentation of a plan for development that addresses licensing, marketing, regulations, technology, manufacturability, distribution, costs, financing, and risks
Clinical Clerkship Moved to Fourth Year
Clinical clerkships take place in the Fifth Year, instead of in the Fourth Year.
This competitive scholarship provides support toward tuition and fees, and is awarded annually to third-year Duke medical students who have been accepted into the MD-MEng dual degree program.
It was created by a gift from Maynard Ramsey III, M’69, G’75, to honor his Duke mentors—biomedical engineering professor and associate professor of pediatrics Roger C. Barr, BS’64, PhD’68, and pediatric cardiologist Madison S. Spach, T’50, MD’54, HS’54-59.
- The 2021-2022 Barr-Spach Medicine and Engineering Scholars—medical students Miranda Morris and Christine Park, and emergency medicine resident Mitchell Veverka, MD
Duke medical students Jess Rames and Daniel Cox, the 2020-2021 Barr-Spach Scholars
Joshua D'Arcy, the inaugural Barr-Spach Scholar
- Open only to Duke medical school students in good academic standing
- Requires Duke University School of Medicine clearance through the Director of Third Year Study Program
- Master of Engineering learning managed by the Pratt School of Engineering