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Medical Student Education

Preclinical Curriculum

Faculty members of the department participate in the preclinical curriculum of medical students, the core clerkship in internal medicine, and various lecture courses and clinical electives during the latter part of the student's experience in medical school. In the preclinical curriculum, faculty members of the department are primarily responsible for the pathophysiology course in which students learn about basic mechanisms of disease in such fields as cardiology, pulmonary disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, hematology, oncology, nephrology, rheumatology, and geriatrics. The course provides the educational experiences utilizing both lectures and numerous interactive small group discussions. This course is the basis provided to the students for understanding various disease processes, as they proceed thereafter to the core clinical clerkships.

During the preclinical curriculum, medical students have the opportunity to participate in clinical activities in an office setting under the supervision of practicing physicians. Many of the supervising physicians are faculty members of the Department of Medicine. Faculty members serve as mentors in the integrated problem solving exercises attended by preclinical students.

The Department of Medicine is responsible for instruction in obtaining medical histories, performing physical examinations, and setting down in writing this information in the form of an initial patient workup. These skills are very important when the student emerges into the clinical arena.

For more information about Preclinical Curriculum, please visit the Office of Student Affairs web site.

Core Clinical Clerkship

At Baylor College of Medicine the Clinical Curriculum begins in January of the second year and the Core Clinical Clerkship in internal medicine must be taken by December of the fourth year. The clerkship lasts for a period of 12 weeks. Students spend four weeks in a general medicine unit at the Ben Taub Hospital, four weeks assigned to a general medicine unit at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and four weeks assigned to an internal medicine subspecialty unit at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Thus, the clinical experiences of the students in the core clerkship are very diverse. There are numerous teaching conferences and a special core clerkship lecture series for the students.

In the second year, as students transition from basic sciences to their clinical rotations, they participate in the Clinical Applications of Biomedical Sciences course one afternoon per week for six months.

During the third year, students have a Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinical Experience in which they see patients in the office of a practitioner for a six month clinic that meets one afternoon per week. Many of the supervising preceptors for this experience are faculty members of the Department of Medicine. An additional six months is devoted to work in a wide range of community health clinics—hospices, shelters, health protective services, and chaplaincy—providing an introduction to essential services for the social and health needs of patients outside of the traditional health care environment.

In their senior year students participate in the Mechanisms and Management of Disease course, learning to integrate basic science and clinical information about common diseases through presentations by members of the faculty of the Department of Medicine.

For more information about Core Clinical Clerkship, please visit the Office of Student Affairs web site.

Elective Program

BCM Medical Student Elective Program

The department offers a wide variety of electives in internal medicine and its subspecialties to medical students. Clinical electives are offered in each of the medical subspecialties, critical care units, and the emergency center. There are abundant opportunities for a research elective throughout the department.

Five to seven stipends will be awarded annually to first year medical students who elect to participate in a pre-clinical elective sponsored by the Texas Society of Internal Medicine during the summer. The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program places students in the offices of physicians who are engaged in the practice of general internal medicine in communities throughout Texas (excluding the Texas Medical Center). A 3 or 4 week commitment is required for this elective. After satisfactory completion of the preceptorship stipends are provided for electives performed outside of Harris County. If the preceptorship is taken in a rural or underserved area, the reimbursement is increased.

Students are required to select one sub-internship elective between their third and fourth year. The enrolled student is expected to perform additional clinical responsibilities, have advanced clinical skills, and be able to assume a major role in patient management.

For more information about BCM Medical Student Elective Program, please visit the Office of the Registrar web site.

Visiting Medical Student Elective Program

Registration for a Visiting Medical Student Elective Program at Baylor College of Medicine is handled by the Office of the Registrar. It is only through this process that a visiting medical student can participate in Baylor's elective offerings. Please contact:

Donna Moore

Visiting Medical Student Elective Program Coordinator

One Baylor Plaza - BCM365
Houston, Texas 77030

713-798-3370 phone

713-798-6815 FAX

For more information about Visiting Medical Student Elective Program, please visit the Office of the Registrar web site.

Student Organization

The Baylor College of Medicine Student Internal Medicine Society is a student-run organization sponsored by the American College of Physicians. The Society brings students together who are interested in pursuing careers in internal medicine and provides a forum for a wide variety of educational activities.

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