Students are encouraged to explore exciting ideas and develop unique insights in how to approach problems in
medical research. The Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program provides a number of
programs to facilitate student-faculty interaction that will aid in departmental selection, exploration of
career opportunities and exposure to highly acclaimed speakers.
- Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar - For
the first year, medical students in the program talk with faculty
representatives from each graduate school department. Topics correspond
to the curriculum and are designed to integrate research being conducted
with courses being taught in medical school. Held at noon on Monday except
during exams and breaks.
- Second Year Luncheons - All second
year students in the program hear faculty representatives from each graduate program speak on specific
research opportunities and course requirements in their graduate departments
or labs. This is designed to facilitate the students' selection of their
graduate program in January. Held on Tuesday at noon from August through
Annual Scientific Symposium and Second Look
- A competitive arena for M.D./Ph.D.
students to present research accomplishments through poster and oral presentations.
A faculty guest speaker is featured. Held in March with Second Look, which is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about BCM, Houston and the Program.
Welcome Reception - Held in early August,
this casual social event introduces the new class to their peers, Medical
and Graduate School faculty, and administrators.
White Coat Ceremony - A Baylor tradition
held in August, upper classmen present and don white coats on the first
year medical students. Parents and family attend this exciting event.
Graduation Reception - Held the afternoon
of Graduation Day, this semi-formal celebratory send-off recognizes the
achievements of each graduate in the company of family and friends. The
Outstanding Physician Scientist Award honoring the life and accomplishments
of Richard R. Dickason, Jr., M.D.,
Ph.D. is given at this
- Socials - At least once a year, an
informal social gathering is planned for conversation and interaction
between the directors and students. This fosters open communication and
Match Day - Match Day is the
big day in March when graduating students find out where they will "match"
for their residency program. At exactly the same time nationwide, anxious
students open envelopes to find out where they go for the next stage of