The Internal Medicine Residency at Baylor College of Medicine is committed to training the best physicians in the country. At the core of our curriculum is rigorous clinical training at our diverse hospitals and clinics, with increased clinical responsibility, leadership, and teaching over the years:
- PGY1 year: to build a strong foundation in internal medicine, interns spend approximately half of the year on general medicine wards teams; they also start exploring subspecialty interest with elective rotations and building continuity clinic panels in primary care clinic
- PGY2 year: residents solidify inpatient general medicine skills by running wards teams (3 blocks), but spend much of the year on inpatient and outpatient electives, in addition to increased continuity clinic, critical care, and (if requested) research experience
- PGY3 year: senior residents consolidate their patient care and teaching skills by leading wards teams (2 blocks), ICU teams (2 blocks), and general medicine consults (1 block); they also continue to enjoy flexible blocks for subspecialty rotations, continuity clinic, and fellowship / job application, finishing the year well-prepared for the next step in their careers
For more rotation details, see our dedicated track pages:
In addition to the clinical training that takes place on general medicine and subspecialty inpatient and outpatient rotations, our program offers the following additional curricular elements:
- Resident-led morning report daily at each hospital
- Noon conference daily at each hospital according to our year-long curriculum
- Department of Medicine Grand Rounds weekly
- Wednesday School (academic day that includes ambulatory didactics, QI projects, High Value Care seminars, journal clubs, and resident-as-teacher workshops plus simulation sessions and procedure training) every other block
Each resident works on-on-one with a dedicated faculty advisor from the program leadership group or core educational faculty. Residents meet at least twice per year with advisors to review milestone-based evaluations, discuss career planning, and develop goals. Faculty advisors link residents with other mentors, including those in the trainees future career specialty. Visit our Fellowship and Careers page for more details on post-residency planning.
Innovative Educational Programs
The Internal Medicine Residency at BCM is known for its educational innovations, with many initiatives having been shared across the country via publications and national presentations & workshops. Our innovations include the following:•
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum
Baylor College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program places great emphasis on quality improvement and patient safety training, exceeding the requirements set forth by ACGME. The Internal Medicine Program hosts a comprehensive Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum, which includes a longitudinal course for PGY-2 residents based on the IHI Model for Improvement and Lean principles. PGY2 and PGY3 residents lead educational conferences on high-value care and patient safety. All residents participate in a QI project at our teaching hospitals. These award-wining resident projects have been presented at local, regional, and national level. Additionally, residents attend hospital committees that focus on systems-based practices including, Patient Safety, Quality Review, and Patient Flow. Residents may also choose to do a QI project as part of a month-long research elective.
For residents interested in pursuing quality improvement as a career, Baylor College of Medicine offers positions for Chief Residents in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.