|Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||MD, four years; Ph.D., six years; MD/Ph.D., seven years; MS Physician Asst., two and one-half years; MS Nurse Anesthesia, two and one-half years; MS Nurse Midwifery, two years; MS Rehab. Technology, two and one-half years.|
|Grading System: ||Preclinical: H/P/MP/F; clinical: H/HP/P/MP/F.|
Students enjoy a flexible curriculum with various opportunities for individualized experiences. For all students, grading in basic science courses is Honors, Pass, Marginal Pass, and Fail. During clinical training, students are evaluated with Honors, High Pass, Pass, Marginal Pass, and Fail. The USMLE is not a specified academic requirement. About 12 students each year enter a combined M.D./Ph.D. program, earning the doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cardiovascular Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Molecular and Human Genetics, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Pharmacology. Interdisciplinary programs at Baylor and the University of Houston, and an engineering program with Rice University are also options. Nineteen M.D./Ph.D. students are funded annually by the NIH M.S.T.P. training grant. Other students are supported by private or institutional sources.
Complementing basic science courses are clinical experiences, behavioral sciences, and social/ethical perspectives. Throughout the first year and a half, students take Integrated Problem Solving (IPS) and Patient, Physician, and Society (PPS). The IPS course develops lifelong learning skills by focusing on problem-solving and the use of modern informational systems. The PPS course introduces, basic clinical skills such as the physical diagnosis and examination along with principles of patient care. Other first-year subjects are organized into blocks. Courses are: Gross Anatomy and Embryology; Cell Biology and Histology; Biochemistry; Physiology; Immunology; General Pharmacology; Bioethics; Nervous System; Behavioral Sciences; Infectious Disease; and General Pathology. The first semester of the second year is organized around body/organ systems: Immunology/Rheumatology; Cardiology; Genetics; Respiratory; Gastroenterology; Dermatology;Renal; Genitourinary/Gynecology; Endocrinology; Age-related Topics; and Hematology/Oncology. Both faculty and student tutors are available for additional instruction outside of the classroom. Basic sciences are taught primarily at the DeBakey Biomedical Research Building. The Learning Resources Center provides study areas and educational aids such as computers with medical software and Internet access, videotapes, and interactive learning programs. The Houston Academy of Medicine—Texas Medical Center Library contains more than 260,000 volumes, making it one of the largest medical libraries in the country.
Clinical rotations begin in January of year two. Required clerkships are: Pediatrics (8 weeks); Ob/Gyn (8 weeks); Psychiatry (8 weeks); Family and Community Medicine (4 weeks); Medicine (12 weeks); Surgery (12 weeks); Surgical Subspecialties (4 weeks) and Neurology (4 weeks). Throughout year three, students participate in Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) that requires one half-day each week. Other requirements include four weeks of Selectives and 20 weeks of Electives in addition to a year-long course on the Mechanisms and Management of Disease (MM.D.). The MM.D. course is comprised of modules that correlate basic science principles with clinical concepts. At the end of the fourth year, students may elect a two-week course in Integrated Clinical Experiences (ICE), which serves as a transition to post-graduate training. Students train in the Baylor Affiliated Teaching Hospitals in the Texas Medical Center complex and at other sites around the city. In total, Baylor’s teaching facilities hold approximately 5,000 beds. Elective credits may be earned at institutions throughout the United States as well as overseas.