School of Medicine

M.D. Program Student Handbook


Table of Contents



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Dean's Message

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Student Responsibilities

The Student Responsibilities section contains information about and links to policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Students are responsible for all the information presented.

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Principles and Learning Environment

Baylor College of Medicine is committed to creating an environment for students that is conducive to academic success and academic freedom commensurate with all applicable laws and regulations. View information about our Principles and Learning Environment.

In this section:

  • Links to policies, statements and guidelines, as well as offices and resources designated to support this commitment
  • Release of Information - description of your rights under FERPA

Organization and Governance

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Medical Student Professionalism

A student pursuing the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine assumes responsibility to develop in-depth knowledge, acquire and apply special skills, and demonstrate professionalism.

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Career Advising

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Academic Standards & Requirements

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Academic Schedules and Calendars

Current students can view the curriculum schedule and additional content.

M.D. Curriculum

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Learning Community

The Learning Community is a network of clinical faculty advisors for medical students. Advisors follow assigned students longitudinally beginning in the first-year through the final year, which culminates in the awarding of the Doctor of Medicine degree.

View information about Learning Community on the Office of Student Affairs web pages.

Student Health, Wellness & Career Services

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Student Life Services

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Social Media and Its Use

The Social Media and Its Use page contains information on College policies related to the use of social media.

Student Government, Student Societies, Organizations and Committees with Student Involvement


Policies and Procedures


In addition to the policies and procedures presented in this handbook, all students are expected to abide by all policies of Baylor College of Medicine as published in the College's Policy and Procedures Manual (Intranet Link). The Academic Policies website provides links to policies of particular relevance to students.

Services for Baylor College of Medicine are offered both by individual programs and by the College. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Services website for updated listings of services provided by the College.


Statement of Student Rights


Read about the Statement of Student Rights and the Code of Conduct.




Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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Abbreviations used in the School of Medicine Student Handbook




Association of American Medical Colleges


Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education


American Medical Association


Baylor College of Medicine


Continuing Medical Education


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974


Graduate Medical Education


Higher Learning Commission


Liaison Committee on Medical Education


Doctor of Medicine Degree


Committee on Student Promotions and Academic Achievement


Medical Student Performance Evaluation


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


School of Medicine


Student Professionalism Response Intervention Team


Undergraduate Medical Education