National School of Tropical Medicine

Tropical Medicine Education

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The National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) at Baylor College of Medicine is the only school of tropical medicine in the United States solely committed to addressing the world's most pressing tropical diseases that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," the world's poorest people who live below the World Bank poverty level.

NSTM has a nationally and internationally recognized robust educational programs focused on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Infections of Poverty. Together with faculty from the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and faculty from other key departments, centers and schools within Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center, the school continues to build infrastructure capacity for education focused on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Infections of Poverty in the United States and globally.

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Diploma in Tropical Medicine

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The Diploma of Tropical Medicine program is a three month long intensive course aimed towards healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants as well as students pursuing related degree programs who would like to practice or do research in tropical medicine and traveler’s health here in the United States or internationally. It also serves as an educational tool for healthcare professionals already practicing in regions around the world with limited resources who require an update on tropical medicine and traveler’s health content. The diploma includes an intense, hands-on laboratory training to master key diagnostic tools for common neglected tropical diseases and infections of poverty.

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Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine

This intensive two-week course, held on NSTM's campus in Houston at the heart of the Texas Medical Center introduces undergraduate learners to tropical medicine through explorations of global health, epidemiology, public health, neglected tropical diseases and infections of poverty. Over the duration of the course, learners participate in seminars with leading experts in the tropical medicine field, gain hands-on laboratory experience using common diagnostic tools used in resource-limited settings, and visit tropical medicine research centers and facilities.

Note: The Summer Institute is not open to the public at this time. However, email tropmed@bcm.edu if your undergraduate academic institution is interested in participating in the Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine. 

Tropical Disease Research Internship Program

Undergraduate students collaborate with NSTM researchers to perform a 9-week, hands-on, summer research project focused on tropical medicine in Houston, TX. Students involved in the Tropical Disease Research Internship Program will gain experience in bench-to-bedside research and in public policy and advocacy for the improvement of global health outreach. At the end of the internship the undergraduate student will give a research presentation describing the work they performed on their individualized laboratory project to the NSTM staff and faculty. 

Note: The Tropical Disease Research Internship Program is not open to the public at this time. However, email tropmed@bcm.edu if your undergraduate academic institution is interested in participating in the Tropical Disease Research Internship Program.

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Pediatric Infectious Disease Tropical and Global Medicine Track

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NSTM has collaborated with the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases to provide post-graduate clinical fellows in pediatric infectious diseases with the opportunity to build an academic and research career in pediatric global infectious and tropical diseases. Post-graduate clinical fellows will acquire specialized skills in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring strategies for neglected tropical diseases and infections of poverty through hands-on patient care in the Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Tropical Medicine clinic, participation in monthly NSTM seminars and case conferences including the quarterly international tropical medicine case conference and Chagas Network meetings, and completion of a research project with a focus on Tropical and Global Medicine. Learn More. 

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Adult Infectious Disease Tropical and Global Medicine Track

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NSTM has collaborated with the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases to provide post-graduate clinical fellows in adult infectious diseases with the opportunity to build an academic and research career in global infectious and tropical diseases. Post-graduate clinical fellows will acquire specialized skills in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring strategies for neglected tropical diseases and infections of poverty through hands-on patient care in the Harris Health System Adult Tropical Medicine clinic, participation in monthly NSTM seminars and case conferences including the quarterly international tropical medicine case conference and Chagas Network meetings, and completion of a research project with a focus on Tropical and Global Medicine. 

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Tropical Medicine Seminar Series

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The National School of Tropical Medicine conducts a monthly seminar series to educate health scientists, health providers, and the public about tropical medicine, raise awareness of NTDs, facilitate local, national and international research collaboration in tropical medicine, and promote meaningful dialogues concerning public policy.

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Policies

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NSTM Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

Note: View the most updated Baylor College of Medicine Academic Policies. The website contains Baylor Code of Conduct, Diversity Policy, Student Disability Policy, Student Records Policy, Grading Policies, Course Repeat Policy, and other academic policies.

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Drop Policy for Students

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  • Students from another institution who enroll in a course offered by the National School of Tropical Medicine must abide by the drop policy of their respective institutions
  • Four-week long courses may be dropped up to fifth class day
  • Two-week long courses may be dropped up to the second class day
  • One-week courses may be dropped on the first day of class
  • Seminar courses may be dropped during the first two weeks
  • Students must complete the course withdrawal form by the end of the drop period
  • Requests to consider dropping after the drop date, due to extenuating circumstances, may be considered only upon completion of the late add/drop form available at the Office of the Registrar website
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Drop Policy for Health Professionals (e.g., MDs. DOs, NPs) taking Courses for Professional Development

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  • Courses may be dropped prior to and during the course.
  • Attendees must inform the course director in writing their intent to drop the course.
  • When applicable tuition will be refunded according to the refund policy posted on NSTM website.
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Resolution of Conflicts or Concerns

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Students are encouraged to first address the individual (student, faculty, staff) involved. If the concern cannot be resolved or is of such a nature the student is not comfortable discussing it with the party involved, the proper channel would be to go to the individual’s supervisor. If the problem is not resolved informally, the student may file a formal written grievance following the grievance filing process.

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Education Resource Center

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The Education Resource Center provides curriculum support for Baylor students, faculty, fellows, residents and visiting faculty and students. Spanning the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the DeBakey Center for Medical Education, the ERC has quiet study spaces to accommodate a wide range of study styles and preferences. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity and desktop computers are distributed throughout at kiosks. There are also printers, scanners, a copy machine and a fax machine. Additionally, there are multi-device charge stations provided on all 3 floors and an on-site TMC Librarian that can provide assistance with navigating the various research tools and resources available through the Texas Medical Center Library.

ERC staff is available for assistance with scanning and imaging software, wireless connectivity and establishing remote access to the BCM network, and also offers instruction for faculty interested in setting up courses in the Blackboard Learning Management System.

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Career Development Center

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The Career Development Center is a centralized service that supports the career and professional development needs of all Baylor College of Medicine students and postdoctoral fellows. The center provides a variety of services including workshops, seminars and individual career advising appointments. Students may utilize career advising services during regularly scheduled walk-in hours on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. or by scheduling an appointment from the website.

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Accreditation

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Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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Courses and Workshops

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Contact us for information about Tropical Medicine courses and workshops.

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Distance Education

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Find information about policies and processes related to distance education.

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Tropical Medicine Teaching Laboratory

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Sessions at the Tropical Medicine Teaching Laboratory, directed by Kathryn Jones, D.V.M., Ph.D., give students at the National School of Tropical Medicine and the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine hands-on parasitology experience.

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Student Spotlight

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Baylor medical student Rebecca Jeun worked in TropMed labs and then got a grant to travel with one of our researchers, Dr. Rojelio Mejia, and help with his project.

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Advice for Young Scientists

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with Dr. Rojelio Mejia

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History of Baylor College of Medicine

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Presentation by Dr. William Butler

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