Jennifer Penner, a student in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine, shares her Baylor experience.
The class is just the right size. There are enough people, but it's small enough that you still get individual attention from the faculty. There is always someone available to help you out.
Support for Your Success
Our expectations for our students are high and our students are driven. However, we recognize that even the smartest, most passionate students need and deserve help and support to reach their full potential. Baylor College of Medicine provides academic and support services to promote academic excellence, health and wellness, and student engagement.
Having come from a very small town, Houston was a big adjustment, I like it far more than I expected. The intramural sports and the trails along the Bayou were great for getting out to move. Trying different restaurants has probably been my favorite of coming to Houston.
Beyond the Classroom and Clinic
Beyond the classroom and the clinic, our students have robust opportunities to explore other interests and balance other aspects of their lives whether raising a family, honing musical or artistic talents, competing in sports or leading community service initiatives.
The College sponsors many activities for students that range from formal ceremonies and award programs to social events, community service events and special activities. There is an athletic facility on campus as well as intramural leagues for those interested in sports.
Our location in the heart of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, provides many opportunities to pursue outside interests as well. Hermann Park, which is right next door to the Texas Medical Center, offers trails, a public golf course, the Houston Zoo and an outdoor amphitheater. To the west are Rice University and the Rice Village Shopping Center. Directly north is the Museum District’s 18 art organizations, and just five miles further north is downtown, the hub of Houston’s restaurant, clubs, theaters, and sports stadiums.
I am the student services representative for our class and was on the health and wellness sub-committee. It helped me be more engaged in the institution.
School of Health Professions
The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is under the auspices of the Baylor College of Medicine School of Health Professions. Visit the school's site to learn about other programs, academic and support services available to students, view the School of Health Professions Student Handbook, school-related news and more.
Every Friday our class went to the park and played some sport. We also went to Miller outdoor theater and took advantage of the fact that the museums are free on Thursdays.
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Baylor answers the need for PPE
Faculty, staff and students at organized an effort to develop and rapidly produce thousands of face shields for frontline healthcare workers amidst the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
"I love Houston and look forward to going back. Bringing a NY attitude to Houston was a big transition, but I loved every moment of it."
Several students in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine, shared their BCM experience. View their videos below:
Student Voices: Edward Krische
Student Voices: Regan Hoelscher
Student Voices: Fabian Soldevilla
Student Voices: Leah Olin
Other Student Life Highlights
Read about activities around Houston, transportation tips and tricks, and more from the class of 2021.
Orthotics and prosthetics faculty worked closely with Houston Zoo veterinarians and keepers to develop an orthosis to help the 16-year-old, 7-foot, 200 pound Komodo dragon Smaug use his right foot more proficiently.