Baylor College of Medicine was founded in 1900 as the University of Dallas Medical Department but achieved its independence in 1969. The institution is currently the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest as well as one of the top medical schools for research.
The school is big on customization of classes and degrees to create the best possible medical education for its students. The faculty is comprised of leaders in the field of medicine and the school emphasizes keeping current with the latest technology and techniques in medicine.
Earning its spot as one of the top private medical schools in the country, Baylor provides a lot of academic advantages. Students train in the Texas Medical Center and have early patient contact, to help ease them into treating and caring for others. Typically in other medical schools, the regular sciences courses take two years to complete but here they only last for 1.5 years – the remaining six months are spent customizing personal training skills.
Degrees offered include the M.D., Ph.D., Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Dual degrees are offered so students can become experts in not only medicine, but another field such as public health, life sciences, or law. Those interested in a dual degree must note that the second part of the degree is earned at another partner school.
Certificates in specialized tracks can also be earned in fields such as genetics, medical school research, international health, care for the undeserved, geriatrics, and medical ethics.
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There are several opportunities for high school students to get ahead in their medical education by gaining acceptance into one of the following programs:
Baylor 2 Medical Track
Four high school students will gain acceptance into the medical school upon completion of an undergraduate degree at Baylor University.
Houston Premedical Academy
This is a program designed to assist students at the University of Houston for DeBakey High School for Health Professional Students.
PreMedical Honors College
This program provides provisional admission to undergraduates of the University of Texas – Pan American.
Medical Scholars Program
This is a joint venture with Rice University to promote the education of Rice students who want to become physicians.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must have
satisfactorily completed, by the time of enrollment in
medical school, not less than 90 semester hours (or an
equivalent number of quarter hours) at a fully accredited college in the United States. The following courses
must have been completed satisfactorily: the basic premedical science courses and 1 year of English. Transfer
and advanced standing: Admission into the first clinical year from fully accredited medical colleges in the
U.S. is on a competitive basis, and the number admitted depends upon the availability of adequate faculty
and facilities. No specific number of spaces is set aside.
Interested students need to fill out the online form.
Baylor Medical is one of the least expensive schools compared to the other top 20 private medical schools in the country. Federal aid is available, and the school does give out loans, but be sure to look at Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Work-Study, Federal Grad PLUS, and Federal Perkins Loans and make the best decision based on your needs.
Also, scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and are considered on a first come first served basis.
There are several services provided to students, such as academic counseling, tutoring, and mentoring. Each student meets with a career advisor to go over detailed future plans and to help ease the transition from recent medical school graduate to full time practicing doctor.
There are also various student clubs and organization to join, and students here should seek these out, especially if they are interested in becoming leaders in their fields. This is a good way to make many social connections not only on a personal level but on a professional level as well.
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