Customize your Education: Specialized Tracks
Sofia Olivarez on how BCM students can personalize their educational experience: Transcript
In an effort to best meet the varying interests of our students, BCM offers several tracks for medical students to explore particular areas of medicine. Participants in these tracks can receive certifications in the following areas:
- Genetics Track
- Medical School Research Track
- International Health Track
- Care for the Underserved Track
- Geriatrics Track
- Medical Ethics Track
Recent advances in medical genetics have broad applications across every medical specialty and impact the diagnosis and treatment of disease, determination of disease risk, use of pharmacologic agents, and reproductive counseling. Through the Genetics Track, students will gain a deeper understanding of a broad range of genetic conditions and the complexities of genetic testing, increase their awareness of the social concerns of those affected by genetic disorders, and complete a scholarly project. More details available in the Genetics Track section of the Student Handbook.
For medical students who desire increased exposure to basic, translational, or clinical research, this program allows participants to spend a full year (traditionally between years two and three of medical school) conducting research and working with a research faculty mentor. Selected students may choose a second research year for the M.D./M.S. degree. A tuition scholarship and stipend are awarded to all students who matriculate into the Research Track. More details are available in the research tracks section of the Student Handbook.
For those interested in a more global perspective of medicine, BCM offers an International Health Track, which is completed within the four years of medical school. More details are available on the International Health Track web site.
In the Care of the Underserved Track, students learn to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care to the diverse and growing population of patients in underserved settings. Students receive both didactic and hands-on clinical and service-based experiences. Students will have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth and propose and conduct a research project to help the needs of an underserved population. More details are available in the Care for the Underserved Track section of the Student Handbook.
By the year 2030, 20 percent of the population will be over the age of 65; therefore, there is an increasing need for physicians who are better able to care for older adults. The Geriatrics Track includes lecture series, hands-on experience, and rotations in settings for geriatric patients. In addition, students are encouraged to engage in a research project, with various scholarships available for attendance at a national meeting. More details are available in the Geriatrics Track section of the Student Handbook.
The Medical Ethics Track consists of three advance electives that are completed within the four years of medical school. The electives explore the competing theories of bioethics through readings and discussions, the clinical practice of medical ethics through clinical sessions about actual cases, and conducting clinical research in medical ethics. More details are available in the Medical Ethics Track section in the Student Handbook.