How old is Baylor College of Medicine’s Med-Peds program?

Baylor's first Med-Peds' residents graduated in 1989.

How many residents have completed Baylor’s Med-Peds Program?

128 residents have completed Baylor's Med-Peds Program.

How many residents are currently in the Med-Peds Program at Baylor?

We have 31 residents in the Med-Peds program.

What percentage of Baylor's Med-Peds graduates enters a career in primary care?

Seventy-nine percent of Baylor's Med-Peds graduates enter a career in primary care. Of those graduates in primary care, 27 percent are in academics and 73 percent in private practice.

What percentage of Baylor's Med-Peds graduates has pursued subspecialty training?

Eighteen percent of Baylor's Med-Peds graduates pursue subspecialty training. The most popular subspecialty has been pediatric cardiology. Several of our graduates have been able to pursue subspecialty training in both pediatrics and internal medicine.

Cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, rheumatology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases and anesthesia-critical care are the subspecialties in which our graduates have pursued both pediatric and internal medicine specialty training.

Have your graduates been able to obtain positions outside of the Houston area?

Yes, our graduates reside in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Several of our graduates are currently working in southern Africa.

How long is internship at Baylor’s Med-Peds Program?

The internship is 12 months long (six months in Medicine and six months in Pediatrics).

In Baylor’s Med-Peds Program, what is the schedule for changing from Medicine to Pediatrics?

The first postgraduate year consists of four alternating three-month blocks at the intern level. The second and third years are scheduled in four-month blocks. The final year consists of four alternating three-month blocks.

This schedule allows the resident to spend some summer and winter seasons in each discipline, providing clinical exposure to illnesses with seasonal variation. The frequent alternating blocks keeps residents in touch with both disciplines and relieves some of the apprehension, which commonly occurs when switching disciplines.

What percentage of the curriculum is devoted to ambulatory training?

Ambulatory time during the 24 months of training in internal medicine is 39 percent. Ambulatory time during the 24 months of training in pediatrics is estimated to be 54 percent.

What is Baylor's attrition rate from the Med-Peds Program?

Baylor’s attrition rate has matched the national rate of eight percent over the past five years.

Is there an opportunity to take international electives?

Yes, there are a number of international electives. Bosnia, Romania, Botswana, Guatemala and India are just a few examples of where residents have gone for international electives.

We are fortunate in that Baylor has a wealth of contacts abroad. A resident is allowed a maximum of two months for international electives during the four years.

How do Baylor's Med-Peds residents perform on the board certification examinations?

Our residents' performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics equals and in some cases exceeds the performance of residents in the categorical programs. Board passing rates in internal medicine and pediatrics are 98 percent.

What recent changes have occurred in Baylor’s Med-Peds Program?

The addition of a community based ambulatory Med-Peds rotation, an extra elective in pediatrics, and a continued commitment toward the recruitment of Med-Peds faculty have enriched our program.

How many Med-Peds faculty hold appointments at Baylor College of Medicine?


Is moonlighting allowed?

Med-Peds residents, although not encouraged, are able to moonlight after intern year. Moonlighting hours combined with residency work hours must not exceed 80 hours per week when averaged over a four-week period and cannot interfere with the resident’s training requirements. Both the pediatric and medicine departments offer internal moonlighting opportunities. No resident who is having academic difficulties, on probationary status, or on leave of absence may moonlight.

The medicine residency program does not allow residents to moonlight while doing the intensive care rotations, general medicine ward months at the public hospitals and the emergency center rotation. The only approved opportunity for moonlighting is in the critical care units at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The resident must have a Texas state medical license. External moonlighting is not allowed through the medicine residency office.

The pediatric residency program offers several opportunities to moonlight at Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. A Texas state medical license is not required. Any resident engaged in external moonlighting must have a valid Texas medical license, must have his/her own medical liability (malpractice) insurance, and must have the approval of the pediatric department and the Med-Peds program director. To learn more about moonlighting requirements, please read the categorical program’s policy and procedures guidelines and BCM Policies and Procedures (requires Baylor login).


What are the strengths of Baylor’s Med-Peds program?

  • Strong categorical programs in internal medicine and pediatrics
  • A wealth of clinical material
  • Diverse patient population
  • Diverse affiliated teaching hospital system
  • Combined Med-Peds continuity clinic
  • Freestanding children's hospital
  • Established program
  • Balanced curriculum
  • Involvement of faculty trained in Med-Peds