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Curriculum Overview & Goals

The curriculum of the Baylor College of Medicine is designed to be a highly integrated unique and flexible program for the student to learn the art and science of medicine. It is designed to prepare students to be knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate, and dutiful physicians in the twenty-first century.

The four year curriculum consists of eighteen months of pre-clinical courses integrated with patient and physician educators to maximize the experience for each student. This is followed by two and one half years of clinical opportunities in core clerkships, as well as clinical and research electives. The curriculum has sufficient flexibility for students to do extensive research, pursue advanced degrees, participate in special tracks or explore other avenues of personal and professional growth.

  • Integrate pre-clinical and clinical sciences throughout the four years.
  • Integrate subject materials for each block.
  • Require each course to serve as a foundation for the next appropriate course to follow.
  • Emphasize the understanding of concepts.
  • Encourage teaching approaches that foster lifelong learning skills and information management skills.
  • Balance didactic and self-directed learning.
  • Expose students to patient care, professionalism, and communication skills in the first weeks of school.
  • Balance in-patient and ambulatory experiences.
  • Foster continued development of new courses in the medical arts and sciences.
  • Provide opportunities for faculty to improve teaching skills and to reward faculty for teaching well.
  • Provide ongoing evaluation and feedback to students, courses, and faculty.

BCM - Compact Between Teachers and Learners of Medicine

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