One of the most important distinctions of Baylor College of Medicine’s M.D. Program is that the basic science curriculum here takes only 18 months, as opposed to the traditional two years. This provides six extra months to do more of the things that meet your specific goals, such as electives, research, pursue a special track or dual degree, or participate in initiatives to serve communities locally or globally.
You may be concerned that this shortened class time leaves something out. No need to worry. Our students consistently do exceedingly well on national board exams, which demonstrates their mastery of the basic science curriculum. The extra time to explore interests and gain more experience helps our students compete for the best residency programs.
The United States Medical Licensing Exam is the national test all medical students must take. The first part of the exam (called Step 1) is taken after students complete the pre-clerkship curriculum. The Step 1 exam assesses if the student understands and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. Baylor students consistently perform far above the national average.
Calendar year USMLE Step 1 administered
% of First Time BCM Test Takers Passed
% of First Time U.S./Canada Test Takers Passed
First Time BCM Test Takers Mean Score
First Time U.S./Canada Test Takers Mean Score
Residency Match Performance
Baylor graduates have a proven track record of acceptance into one of their top three choices of residency programs, many of them get their first choice. See a graphic displaying statistics from 2014 Match Day on the Baylor College of Medicine blog, Momentum.