For graduating class of 2027 and beyond
The 15-month Foundational Science curriculum includes early, one-on-one patient contact, state-of-the-art technological resources, and small group learning settings.
With our integrated approach, students first learn the core scientific concepts that underlie medicine and apply these to the body's organ systems in their healthy state and pathologic state.
Early introduction to seeing patients provides meaning and context as students gain the foundational knowledge required to practice medicine. Students continue to have opportunities to grow and enhance their understanding of scientific concepts throughout their clinical training.
The foundational sciences curriculum is divided into three phases that extend from August of the first year through October of the second year.
Year 1- Fall
Year 1- Spring
Year 2 - Fall
Electives provide students the opportunity to explore areas of interest to them and learn more about specialties they are considering pursuing. Baylor College of Medicine offers approximately 300 elective courses, ensuring that every student can find ones that match their passions.
During the Foundational Sciences curriculum students are allowed to apply for electives for credit as outlined in the Graduation Requirements. These, as well as the rules governing electives, are all listed in the Electives Catalog.
"Adjusting to the workload in medical school is difficult where ever you go. Having the support of my Peer Resource Network, particularly the second years who shared how hard it was for them, made the transition much easier. My PRN and my mentors have helped me every step of the way. The faculty is also really helpful in providing strategies to help us master specific parts of the curriculum."
"I clearly saw how people's different perspectives really influenced how they initially looked at a case. Having people in the room who have had diverse experiences allowed me to gain a better view and be open to more perspectives."