Prospective Students

Success Indicators

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. 

USMLE

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.

USMLE Step 1 Scores - Historical

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

2014

100%

96%

243

229

2013

99%

96%

242

228

2012

99%

95%

240

227

2011

98%

94%

241

224

2010

99%

91%

244

222

2009

100%

94%

242

222

2008

99%

93%

239

221

2007

99%

94%

236

222

2006

99%

93%

237

218

2005

100%

93%

236

217

2004

97%

92%

230

216

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 2015 Match Day on the Baylor College of Medicine blog, Momentum.