School of Medicine

Foundational Sciences Curriculum

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Our 18-month Foundational Science curriculum includes early, one-on-one patient contact, state-of-the-art technological resources, and small group settings to learn skills that make them effective.

Baylor has used an 18-month pre-clerkship curriculum for over 30 years. With our integrated approach, first you learn the core scientific concepts that underlie medicine and apply these to each of the body's organ systems in their healthy state. Then you learn about pathology and pharmacology and carry these themes through each of their organ systems in their disease states.

The traditional model with its abrupt transition from classroom focus on basic sciences to clinical rotations is replaced by longitudinal integration. Early introduction to seeing patients provides meaning and context as you gain the foundational knowledge required to practice medicine. You then have continued opportunities to grow and enhance your understanding of scientific concepts throughout your clinical training.

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Follow Your Passions

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Unsure of Your Specialty of Choice?

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Take elective courses and explore your options.

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Interested in Research?

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Complete a project with one of Baylor's renowned scientists. With over a century of leadership in biomedical sciences, the College's collaborative research initiatives bring scientists across disciplines and specialties to discover fundamental insights into human health and disease and to apply their discoveries to develop new diagnostic tools and treatments. Find research that matches your interests.

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Interested in Serving the Underserved?

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Through the AAMC’s Global Health Learning Opportunities, our students have access to approximately 1,400 rotations in 30 countries. Students also have opportunities for rotations through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. There are also abundant opportunities for students to help those in need right here in Houston. Explore the many ways to serve locally, nationally and globally as part of the Baylor family. 

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Want to Customize Your Education to Your Career Goals?

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Complete requirements for a specialized pathway or dual degree program.

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Making the Grade

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The grading system in the pre-clerkship curriculum is comprised of official letter grades:

P = Pass: Good academic work =/> 70 percent

F = Fail: An unsatisfactory performance < 70 percent

I = Incomplete: Used when a complete evaluation cannot be rendered.

D = Deferred: Used when a student has an isolated deficiency in a component of a course – e.g. a student’s score on the National Board Examination was unsatisfactory.

All pre-clerkship electives and the IPS course in Terms 1-5 are graded P/F – Pass/Fail.

PPS courses are graded using clinical course grading scale which includes: Honors/High Pass/Pass/Marginal Pass/Fail.

More information about the Foundational Science curriculum is available in the Student Handbook.

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Leveraging Technology to Enhance Learning

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The Anatomage table and software enhance the anatomy learning process at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Graduation Requirements

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View Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Core Competency Graduation Goals.

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Progress Notes

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Wondering what medical school is really like? Follow our students on Progress Notes for first-hand perspective on the experience.

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Foundational Sciences Course Descriptions

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See the course descriptions for directors, and credit information for all Foundational Sciences courses.

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Foundational Sciences Electives

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Find electives available in the Foundational Sciences curriculum.