Duke MD-MEng student Joshua D'Arcy in a white coat

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.

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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

Engineering Courses

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

Engineering Internship

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.


Barr-Spach Scholarship

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.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 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

How to Apply

  1. Send a Notification of Interest to Bev Gedvillas at beverly.gedvillas@duke.edu, and
  2. Apply through Duke's Master of Engineering (MEng) website