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School of Medicine

Foundational Sciences Curriculum

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Our 18-month Foundational Science curriculum includes early, one-on-one patient contact, state-of-the-art technological resources, and small group settings to learn skills that make them effective.

With our integrated approach, first you learn the core scientific concepts that underlie medicine and apply these to each of the body's organ systems in their healthy state. Then you learn about pathology and pharmacology and carry these themes through each of their organ systems in their disease states.

Early introduction to seeing patients provides meaning and context as you gain the foundational knowledge required to practice medicine. You then have continued opportunities to grow and enhance your understanding of scientific concepts throughout your clinical training.

The foundational sciences curriculum is divide into three phases that extend from August of the first year to December of the second year.

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Year 1- Fall

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Year 1- Spring

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Year 2 - Fall

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Electives

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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.

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Leveraging Technology to Enhance Learning

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The Anatomage table and software enhance the anatomy learning process at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Graduation Requirements

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View Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Core Competency Graduation Goals.

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Progress Notes

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Wondering what medical school is really like? Follow our students on Progress Notes for first-hand perspective on the experience.