When choosing a residency program, residents will want to consider the community in which they will be living. Nicknamed Charm City, Baltimore is full of history, arts, culture, maritime heritage – as well as its own quirky character – and was named by Frommer’s, the world’s leading travel guide publisher, as one of the top 10 summer destinations in the world for 2005. Baltimore is a city of diverse and unique neighborhoods – from the cobblestone streets of Federal Hill to the painted screens of ethnic enclaves to the funky art scene in Hampden – and Neurosurgery residents at the University of Maryland will quickly find themselves exploring each community to see what it has to offer.
Residents will discover affordable housing in friendly, vibrant neighborhoods within walking distance of the Medical Center. While most residents take advantage of this convenient commute, there are other nearby neighborhoods within 20 minutes of the Medical Center such as:
- Fells Point, a waterfront community that includes some of Baltimore’s most popular restaurants and nightlife
- Mount Vernon, where marble mansions, grand churches and world renowned cultural institutions are interspersed with row houses that have been converted into distinctive apartments
- Roland Park, where tree-lined streets offer a quiet respite from the downtown lights
Baltimore is enjoying a much-celebrated renaissance, with a focus on the Inner Harbor where restaurants, shops, museums, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and waterfront activities abound. In addition, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, Lexington Market, the nation’s longest continually running market, and the recently restored Hippodrome Theatre are all within walking distance of the Medical Center.
Cultural attractions flourish throughout the year and include all of the amenities you’d expect from a big city:
- A world-class symphony orchestra
- Exceptional museums and libraries
- Professional ballet and opera companies
- First-rate theatres and galleries
Unique only-in-Baltimore offerings include:
- The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture
- The Jewish Museum of Maryland
- The American Visionary Art Museum, the national repository for the artwork of self-taught artists
Beyond the city limits, the state of Maryland is “America in Miniature” offering:
- The Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest estuary, with its unparalleled opportunities for boating and water sports, is accessible within minutes
- The ocean beaches or the mountains of Maryland can be reached within hours
- Washington, D.C. is less than an hour away
- Philadelphia can be reached within two hours
- New York City is just over three hours away
For more information about the Baltimore Area, please be sure to check out the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitor’s Association Web site at www.baltimore.org.