Medical school students participate in three segments of our undergraduate medical school program: foundational curriculum, the core clerkship in internal medicine, a sub-internship and various lecture courses and clinical electives during the latter part of the student's experience in medical school. In the foundational curriculum, faculty members teach the pathophysiology courses, in which students learn about basic mechanisms of disease in such fields as cardiology, pulmonary disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, hematology, oncology, nephrology, rheumatology and geriatrics (all specialties within the Department of Medicine).

Students must show basic understanding of the various disease processes in these foundational sciences courses and must make a passing grade on the Basic Science Comprehensive Examination before progressing to their core clinical clerkships. Students have access to a large number of patients during these clerkships in a variety of settings through our affiliation with eight leading healthcare institutions – all located close together in the world's largest medical center.

Undergraduate Medical Education

Overview

The Department of Medicine provides undergraduate medical education (UME) students a well-rounded balance of training, exposure and experience that prepares them for graduate programs in their chosen specialties. Our faculty teach two-thirds of the courses UME students must take. Our students will first attend foundational curriculum courses and then clinical curriculum courses. Students will choose one sub-internship, seven core clerkships and five or six clinical electives.

Affiliations with leading research and healthcare institutions in and around the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest healthcare complex, provide access to an exceptionally diverse array of people and resources. Discover how our affiliations enhance our education programs.

Sub-Internships

Students on the Internal Medicine Sub-internship develop skills required for internship.  On this rotation, medical students experience increased autonomy, acting as interns who are supervised directly by senior residents and the attending physician.  Students use experiential and self-directed learning to expand their medical knowledge. They hone their history and physical skills, write orders, and develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans independently.  Students also further develop their communication skills with patients, families, physicians, nurses and other members of the healthcare team.  The rotation begins with an Academic Half Day, during which students from all sub-internships at Baylor meet to learn skills involved in transitions of care.  During the rotation, students get to practice these skills, including hand-offs, calling consults and discharging patients. 

What are students saying about the Medicine Sub-internship?

“The medicine sub-I is one of the strongest in my opinion because it gives great exposure into the activities of a resident that are essential. These include note writing, orders, consultations, and admission and discharge logistics. I am grateful for having gotten to experience these and becoming better in them as a whole.”

“This rotation was the best experience that I have had in medical school. I learned more in one month on this rotation than I have in any other 2- to 3-month-long rotation. I worked with great residents, faculty and students. I feel infinitely more prepared for residency than I did prior to this rotation.”

Graduate Medical Education

Residencies

Our residencies are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as its respective Residency Review Committees. We accept highly competitive applicants each year and we continue to match outstanding residents. Our graduates become leaders in Internal Medicine, both in academics and private practice.

Fellowships

Beyond the period of residency, our department offers fellowships of two to four years of training in each of the major subspecialties. These years offer the physician the opportunity to learn the special concepts, information and procedures of a particular subspecialty and to undertake research, if desired. There are more than 140 trainees in the subspecialties in our department.

Continuing Medical Education and Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for Grand Rounds, which are held weekly during the education season. These lectures, presentations, mystery cases, and case studies are a showcase for past and present Department of Medicine faculty, as well as distinguished national guest speakers, to present on a range of topics relevant to our students and physicians. CME-eligible training is dynamic; check course listings frequently for updated material.