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Houston, Texas

Class of 2011 White Coat Ceremony
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Clinical Experiences that Impress


  • Faculty are leaders and mentors
  • Outstanding clinical facilities with large and varied patient populations
  • Flexibility to tailor your education

While you are considering medical schools, you should also be thinking of the next step—residency. Your patient care experiences are critical to getting the residency you want, so a medical school's clinical opportunities should be one of the primary areas you consider during your selection process.

One thing that sets BCM apart is the fact that we are located in the heart of the world's largest medical center, and our students benefit because they do their clinical rotations in eight different top-notch hospitals...without driving all over town! Our students get to take full advantage of the clinical opportunities available in the Texas Medical Center because of the six extra months they have in this stage of their training.

Ashley Holder on what she likes best about training at BCM: Transcript

Ryan Van Ramshorst on how BCM students can personalize their educational experience: Transcript

BCM is committed to the success of our students at every stage of their career. One element of preparing our students for long-term effectiveness is helping them to become life-long learners because much of what medical students learn today will be obsolete during their careers given today's rate of medical discovery. Toward this end, ours students conduct a Scholarly Project prior to graduation.

Learn from the Best

Many of BCM's 1,800 full-time faculty members are leaders in their fields, which means our students are exposed to cutting-edge clinical care in a variety of specialties. As one of the nation's leading research institutions, our faculty are pursuing tomorrow's medicine through a wide range of scientific endeavors—all of which represent exceptional learning opportunities.

Patient Variety & Volume at Eight Outstanding Training Hospitals

You won't believe the patient care facilities where BCM students train: eight of the country's best hospitals, which represent

  • private hospitals
  • a public hospital
  • a VA
  • a pediatric hospital
  • a specialized cancer hospital

Making the Grade

The grading system in the Clinical Curriculum is comprised of official letter grades, as in the Pre-clinical Curriculum

Coordinators of Core Clinical Clerkships and faculty that supervise Clinical Electives render a narrative summary concerning the quality of the students work at the conclusion of the course accompanied by a grade designation.

Narrative summaries are considered part of the student's permanent record. In clinical clerkships the principle guidelines used in evaluation include but are not limited to:

  • Quality of student's work-ups of patients (history and physical examination, diagnosis, recommendations) and the student's presentations of findings;
  • Fund of knowledge: understanding the disease processes as demonstrated on rounds, in conferences and on oral examinations, written examinations, and National Board Subjects examinations);
  • Analytical ability: The ability to appraise and integrate in a logical formulation a patients presenting problem with the physical findings and diagnostic information into a coherent assessment and treatment plan;
  • Acceptance and discharge of clinical responsibilities, professional maturity and conduct, initiative in the clinical environment and attendance;
  • Quality of interactions with patients and other members of the health care team;
  • Dress, cleanliness, and general overall appearance deemed appropriate for a physician.

The reputation of our affiliated hospitals coupled with the expertise of our physicians attracts a large number of patients, so our students have access to a high volume of patients with a wide range of conditions. Another benefit of BCM's affiliated hospitals is that they expose our students to caring for different populations of patients – children, veterans, private and uninsured – in different health care settings.

Extra Time to Customize

Another great thing about BCM is that students design their own clinical schedules. You decide in what order you want to rotate through the required clerkships—Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Family and Community Medicine, and Neurology. This phase of your training uses patient-centered learning techniques, which include taking histories, performing physical examinations, reviewing laboratory results, and working with faculty physicians to manage patients through diagnosis and treatment.

You continue to tailor your clinical experience to your interests by pursing other specialties through rotations called “selectives," a sub-internship, and through lots of electives.

And remember, at BCM you have six extra months to customize your educational experience – pursue additional rotations to discover what specialty is right for you, gain additional specialty experience to set you apart in residency interviews, conduct research, travel to explore practicing medicine in other places...tailor it to help meet your specific goals.

While you're out there in the hospitals and clinics, you might start to miss the old classroom days when you bonded with your classmates. At BCM, you'll have the opportunity to reunite once a week for two valuable classes. The CABS course (Clinical Application of Biomedical Science) covers nutrition, clinical pathology, radiology, and evidence-based medicine, and the LACE course (Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinical Experience) exposes students to primary care practices and to community health services—both of which you tailor to your interests. To help ensure our graduates are prepared for the next step, fourth-year students participate in an Apex course that serves as a transition to residency.

Tracks and Dual Degrees

BCM offers medical student special tracks and dual degree programs that further allow them to obtain the specific training to meet their career goals.

More details about the clinical curriculum are available in the Student Handbook.