Overview of the Residency Program
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine is one of the most comprehensive and diverse in the country. The program provides residents opportunities to develop essential clinical skills as an internist, to learn the many important diagnostic and therapeutic concepts in internal medicine, and to evolve as complete physicians who possess not only textbook knowledge but also the many personal attributes that patients expect of good physicians.
We train the very best internal medicine residents in the country. Every physician graduates from the program as an internist, but the breadth of clinical training opportunities allows residents to plan any type of career in internal medicine -- the practice of general internal medicine, or a medical subspecialty, or an academic career. The primary care pathway includes rich experiences in non-internal medicine disciplines and ample ambulatory care exposure. Residents may also choose a subspecialty pathway with a learning environment encompassing 17 subspecialties of internal medicine. A third pathway encourages residents interested in an academic career to pursue clinical research electives, and we offer a research intensive five year curriculum in the Medical Resident Investigator Track.
Education is the primary objective of the Department of Medicine at BCM. Our educational programs begin with the first-year medical student, extend through the clinical years of medical school to the training of residents and subspecialists, and include practicing physicians. Our goal is to fulfill all of the educational needs of residents, past, present, and future, throughout their careers as physicians. We are forging enduring relationships with our trainees that allow us to know them as individuals and thus identify and promote ongoing educational opportunities in their areas of interest and training.
- BCM is a principal institution of Houston's Texas Medical Center, which is world renowned for advances in medical research and patient care. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the U.S., and Houston is among the most modern and energetic cities in the world.
- BCM has one of the most modern hospital systems of any American medical school. New clinical facilities added since 1990 include the large Ben Taub Hospital for the Harris Health System; the flagship Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center; a center for ambulatory care for the attending staff of the St. Luke's Medical Center; and the new Texas Heart Institute Tower.
- The faculty of the Department of Medicine at BCM is among the largest of any medical college in the United States, with excellence in education, patient care and research. The commitment of the faculty to the education of the residents is exceptional.
BCM attracts superb physicians to its residency program as illustrated by excellent post-residency appointments and the high pass rates on the certifying examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a rolling three year average placing Baylor among the top residency programs in the U.S.
- BCM has an integrated training program in both public and private institutions. Baylor provides its residents with a diversity of clinical problems unsurpassed by any training program in the United States.
- Because of its extensive clinical facilities, diverse patient population, and outstanding faculty, BCM offers excellent clinical training for physicians planning any type of career in internal medicine - the practice of general internal medicine, or a medical subspecialty, or an academically oriented career.