Department of Medicine

Program Overview


The Internal Medicine Residency at Baylor College of Medicine is committed to training the best physicians in the country. Under the supervision and mentorship of expert faculty, residents experience diverse clinical training in our four unique hospitals: Ben Taub General Hospital (Houston’s county hospital), the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (a flagship VA hospital), Baylor-St. Luke's Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Residents have continuity clinic at Smith Clinic (part of the county safety net system affiliated with Ben Taub Hospital) or the VA, and rotate through other ambulatory experiences at the hospitals and Baylor McNair Campus.

Please see the sample rotational schedule below:

Sample Yearly Schedule for Categorical Residents

PGY1 & Prelims



Wards (BT, VA, or MDACC): 20-24 weeks

Wards (BT, VA, MDACC, or BSLMC): 12 weeks

Wards (BT, VA, MDACC, or BSLMC): 8 weeks

Ambulatory (primary care or subspecialty): 5-6 weeks

Ambulatory (primary care or subspecialty): 8-16 weeks

Ambulatory (primary care or subspecialty): 8 weeks

Inpatient subspecialty electives: 8 weeks

Inpatient subspecialty electives: 16-18 weeks

Inpatient subspecialty electives: 16 weeks

Night float: 4 weeks

ICU night float: 2 weeks

MICU and/or CCU: 8 weeks

MICU: 4 weeks

Neurology (PGY2 or PGY3 year): 4 weeks

Neurology (PGY2 or PGY3 year): 4 weeks

CCU: 4 weeks

Vacation: 3.5 weeks

Gen Med Consults: 4 weeks

ER: 4 weeks


Vacation: 3.5 weeks

Vacation: 3 weeks






Each resident works on-on-one with a dedicated faculty advisor from the program leadership group or core educational faculty. Residents meet at least twice per year with advisors to review milestone-based evaluations, discuss career planning, and develop goals. Faculty advisors link residents with other mentors, including those in the trainee’s future career specialty. Visit our Fellowship and Careers page for more details on post-residency planning.


Innovative Educational Programs


The Internal Medicine Residency at BCM is known for its educational innovations, with many initiatives having been shared across the country via publications and national presentations & workshops. Our innovations include the following:

• Distinguished Educator Pathway: all residents interested teaching may participate in the Academy of Resident Educator curriculum and earn a certificate of distinction in medical education by the end of residency training.

Intern Bootcamp: annual day-long event during intern orientation in which PGY1s discuss common clinical scenarios one-on-one with a resident or faculty facilitator, practice safe patient handoffs, and review core skills such as calling consults, writing notes, and developing life-long learning habits during residency.

Longitudinal Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Curriculum: year-long course that uses independent study, faculty-led didactics, and small group skills practice sessions to teach internal medicine-focused POCUS skills.

Wednesday School: academic half-day that each resident experiences every two months with a varied curriculum that includes clinical didactics, resident-as-teacher workshops, clinical reasoning sessions, reflection and self-care skills, and many other areas.

Clinical Simulation & Procedure: at the state-of-the-art simulation lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center, residents spend Wednesday School afternoons participating in rapid-response simulation scenarios and practicing procedure and ultrasound skills.

Upper Level Boot Camp: annual half-day of workshops that take place during Wednesday School for end-of-year PGY1s to prepare them for clinical leadership and team management roles as an upper level resident.

Cardiology Boot Camp: In collaboration with the Texas Heart Institute, BCM cardiology faculty & fellows lead this annual day-long workshop to teach interested residents important cardiology topics, such as Hemodynamics 101 or Intro to the Cath Lab.