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School of Medicine

M.D. Program Core Clerkships

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Emergency Medicine Clerkship

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The Emergency Medicine course at Baylor College of Medicine is a two-week rotation that is designed to give students exposure to the field of Emergency Medicine and the emergent approach and stabilization of the undifferentiated patient. Students will also learn the emergency medicine approach to common chief complaints that present to the emergency department. Commonly, the student will be the first provider to take a full history and physical from a patient and from this form a differential and a therapeutic plan to present to the senior resident and the attending.

The Emergency Medicine Clerkship takes place in the Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Room, which sees approximately 100,000 patients a year and is also a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Credits: 2

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Family and Community Medicine (FCM) Clerkship

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The Family and Community Medicine (FCM) Clerkship introduces students to the role and identity of the family physician in today’s healthcare system and demonstrates the family medicine approach to the comprehensive care of common health problems.

In this clerkship, students spend most of their time seeing ambulatory patients in the office of a family physician preceptor in the community. They learn how to approach different types of visits seen in the ambulatory setting and how to diagnose and manage common ambulatory clinical conditions.

Credits: 4

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Medicine Clerkship

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In the Core Medicine clinical rotation students develop skills in the diagnosis and management of illness in adults. Each student will have a unique experience in medicine, but all students will rotate to the same core hospitals and undertake the same curriculum. Learning is often self-directed and based on the individual patients seen during the clinical experience. Students will learn a great deal about the physical diagnosis, laboratory evaluation and differential diagnosis of important disorders. Students will also be expected to learn fundamental aspects of therapy that will help develop their competency in the assessment and treatment of common adult illnesses.

Credits: 8

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Neurology Clerkship

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The required Clerkship in Neurology is a four-week rotation designed to apply the skills of localizing pathology within the neuraxis to evaluate and diagnose patients with neurological diseases and discuss management issues. Students will spend the majority of their time at one hospital in the inpatient services and have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the ambulatory setting as well. Students will learn through didactic lectures, team-based learning sessions, supervised direct patient interaction, and clinical instruction.

Credits: 4

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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Clerkship

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The OB/GYN Clerkship provides medical students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compassionately care for women of all ages. The student will be exposed to the breadth of obstetrics and gynecology, while focusing on skills unique to the field including pelvic examinations, vaginal delivery techniques, and exposure to the surgical environment. The clerkship goal is for the student to develop core clinical knowledge essential for providing comprehensive care and advocacy for all aspects of women’s health.

Credits for graduating Class of 2022 and beyond: 6.0 credits

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Pediatric Clerkship

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The Pediatric Clerkship at Baylor College of Medicine leverages Baylor’s preeminence as one of the leading pediatric programs in the nation to provide high-quality clinical experiences for students to develop foundational knowledge of growth, development, and disease management in children from birth through adolescence.

Students create strategies for pediatric health promotion, develop pediatric-specific clinical examination and problem-solving skills, acquire an understanding the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children, and gain the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and management of common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses. In addition, students experience continuity of care by rotating through both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Credits: 6

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Psychiatry Clerkship

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The Psychiatry Clerkship strives to educate students in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness as well as the spectrum of normal and abnormal behavior through the lifespan. Students will be given an appreciation of mental health and mental illness in all areas of healthcare, and we hope that students will strive to be a psychologically informed physician.

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a four-week rotation at our affiliate hospitals and clinics. The clerkship builds on the foundations course in behavioral science where knowledge about psychiatric evaluation, diagnoses and treatments were introduced. Students obtain information from patients via the psychiatric interview, work on primary and differential diagnoses, learn to manage psychiatric illnesses, critically evaluate treatments in Psychiatry, and improve overall communication skills with patients.

Credits: 4

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Surgery Clerkship

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The Surgery Clerkship provides medical students with a balanced surgical experience with the goal of inspiring the next generation of surgical leaders. As a member of a surgical team, students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of perioperative management of surgical patients in various hospital settings. Students learn the presenting signs, diagnosis and treatment of common surgical diseases.

Credits for graduating Class 2022 and beyond: 6

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Course credits pertain to 2020-2021 academic year. 

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Grading in Clerkships

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Coordinators of Core Clinical Clerkships and faculty that supervise Clinical Electives render a narrative summary concerning the quality of the student's work at the conclusion of the course accompanied by a grade designation.

Narrative summaries are considered part of the student's permanent record. In clinical clerkships the principle guidelines used in the evaluation include but are not limited to:

  • Quality of student's work-up of patients (history and physical examination, diagnosis, recommendations) and the student's presentations of findings
  • Fund of knowledge: understanding the disease processes as demonstrated on rounds, in conferences and on oral examinations, written examinations, and National Board Subjects examinations)
  • Analytical ability: The ability to appraise and integrate in a logical formulation a patient presenting problem with the physical findings and diagnostic information into a coherent assessment and treatment plan
  • Acceptance and discharge of clinical responsibilities, professional maturity and conduct, initiative in the clinical environment and attendance
  • Quality of interactions with patients and other members of the healthcare team
  • Dress, cleanliness and general overall appearance deemed appropriate for a physician