School of Medicine

Clinical Curriculum in the M.D. Curriculum


Advancing to the Clinical Curriculum

Students must have passing grades in all foundational sciences courses and must make a passing grade on the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination before they will be allowed to begin core clinical clerkships.

Clinical Curriculum Structure

The Clinical Curriculum begins in January of the second year and all Core Clerkships are required and must be taken by December of the fourth year.

  • Family Medicine must be completed by the end of June of the third year.
  • A student must receive a passing grade in all core clerkships, sub-internships, selectives and electives to be considered for graduation.
  • All Core Clerkships must be taken at Baylor College of Medicine.

Core Clerkships, Selectives, Sub-Internships and Electives

Clinical Half-Day

Throughout the entire clinical curriculum, students are released from rotation duties for one-half day per week to participate in other required activities (CABS or DDASH).


Check out our pathways, specialized tracks that span the four years of medical school and include both classroom, clinical and/or research activities in the specific areas of interest.