Students are encouraged to explore exciting ideas and develop unique insights in how to approach problems in medical research. The Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program provides a number of programs to facilitate student-faculty interaction that will aid in departmental selection, exploration of career opportunities and exposure to highly acclaimed speakers.
Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar
For the first year, medical students in the program talk with faculty representatives from each graduate school department. Topics correspond to the curriculum and are designed to integrate research being conducted with courses being taught in medical school. Held at noon on Monday except during exams and breaks.
All second-year students in the program hear faculty representatives from each graduate program speak on specific research opportunities and course requirements in their graduate departments or labs. This is designed to facilitate the students' selection of their graduate program in January. Held on Tuesday at noon from August through November.
Annual Scientific Symposium and Retreat at Camp Allen
Held in September of each year as a two-day retreat off campus as an opportunity to focus on MSTP students as well as a opportunity to quickly integrate the incoming students into the program. The retreat is filled with training activities that consist of student oral presentation to their peers, alumni and participating faculty, breakout group discussions and workshops to address issues of importance to students transitioning from one stage of their training to another such as insight and guidance regarding lab or department choices, adapting to medical or graduate school, project selections, clerkship planning and residency selections and applications. Most importantly, it is a time for students, alums and faculty to have fun and strengthen the M.D./Ph.D. community at Baylor.
Second Look and Mini Scientific Symposium
This is an opportunity for applicants with offers of acceptance to learn more about the program, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center and Houston. Applicants have the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings faculty of interest, participate in a mini symposium with student oral presentations and a poster session to learn more about types of research taking place at Baylor. There is also plenty of opportunity to socialize with the current students and faculty through a variety of fun activities.
Held in early August, this casual social event introduces the new class to their peers, Medical and Graduate School faculty, and administrators.
White Coat Ceremony
A Baylor tradition held in August, upper classmen present and don white coats on the first-year medical students. Parents and family attend this exciting event.
Held the afternoon of Graduation Day, this semi-formal celebratory send-off recognizes the achievements of each graduate in the company of family and friends. The Outstanding Physician Scientist Award honoring the life and accomplishments of Richard R. Dickason, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. is given at this event.
At least once a year, an informal social gathering is planned for conversation and interaction between the directors and students. This fosters open communication and builds rapport.
Match Day is the big day in March when graduating students find out where they will "match" for their residency program. At exactly the same time nationwide, anxious students open envelopes to find out where they go for the next stage of their training.