With an increasing number of career options that require
expertise in law and medicine, The University of Toledo has
announced a new JD/MD program that will use an integrated
curriculum to enable students to graduate with a law degree
and a medical degree in six years.
"As evidenced by the recent debate of the new health-care
law before the Supreme Court, the connections between the
medical and legal arenas are only going to grow stronger as
physicians and policymakers try to get a handle on the
increasing costs of care," said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold,
chancellor and executive vice president for health affairs,
and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Daniel Steinbock, dean of the College of Law, said that
students who graduate from joint programs such as this soon
will be in leadership roles.
"Any student who enrolls in a joint degree program is
already highly motivated," Steinbock said. "By making use
of the expertise and resources available across two UT
campuses, these graduates will leave the University with
specialized knowledge that will be highly sought after by
leading health-care systems and public agencies."
Students will be required to undergo standard admission
procedures for both the JD and MD programs, and will make
use of summer semesters throughout the program to finish
within the six-year window. Students can begin their study
in either college and will spend their six years
alternating between the two colleges.
Additional information about the program, including issues
of academic advising, tuition, graduation, and the bar exam
and medical residences, is available at
"The best leaders in the years ahead will be those who can
navigate the complex areas between disciplines, to make
connections and find linkages that for most are not
apparent," Gold said.
Both Gold and Steinbock pointed to the new program as
precisely the type of cooperative and interdisciplinary
effort between academic units called for by UT President
"UT's joint JD/MD program will enhance the profile of the
University and help attract stronger applicants," Steinbock
said. "No matter where they ultimately land, graduates of
this program will have a variety of career paths to choose
John Barrett, professor of law, and Dr. John McSweeney,
professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, will serve
as program co-directors.
Both men recognized a larger group of faculty who
collectively put the program together: Daniel Hickey,
associate professor of family medicine; Dr. Catherine
Marco, professor and program director for emergency
medicine; Nicole B. Porter, professor and associate dean
for academic affairs in the College of Law; Robert Salem,
clinical professor of law; and Dr. David Sohn, assistant
professor of orthopedics.