Menu Icon Search
Close Search

School Feedback

All Questions & Responses

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Houston
Individual Feedback 5 4 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 1
2014 2
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
2018 1
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 2
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 2
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 4
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 1
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 4

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
516 4

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.89 4

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.83 4

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

75002

22153

76021

77084

What do you like most about this school?

"BCM has been doing the 1.5 year basic science, 2.5 year clinicals curriculum for years now. It is extremely student friendly and lends itself to a lot of flexibility, which is very helpful for succeeding in USMLE prep and residency planning." | Report Response

"1.5 year preclinicals, flexibility in scheduling, dedication to teaching of attendings, amazing clinical facilities" | Report Response

"The 1.5 year pre-clinical curriculum is amazing. Exceptional Step 1 scores prove it. World-class faculty and classmates. School is surrounded by renowned hospitals." | Report Response

"Superior basic science and clinical curriculum. 3 afternoons off per week, and only 1.5 yr of basic sciences. AMAZING faculty within a structured mentoring program. Also, the class composition is mostly relaxed and easy going yet studious." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Though the student body is overall collaborative, BCM still has a very competitive atmosphere. Maybe this is the case wherever you go, but I've always felt that expectations from faculty are set extremely high." | Report Response

"cost of parking!" | Report Response

"The parking. But the public transportation system is adequate if you leave reasonably close." | Report Response

"The summers here can get hot and muggy since it is tropical weather." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No responses

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 4
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 3
2 0
3 1
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 2
4-5 hours 2
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 4
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 0
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 2
2 2
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 2
5-6 2
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 2
9 months 2
12 months 0
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 4

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 1

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Some of them have mandatory attendance, particularly during first year, such as anatomy lab and other group-based afternoon experiences 1-2x per week. The lectures, however, are 8-12 and attendance is never required." | Report Response

"Infrequently. Regular lecture, anatomy lab, and histology lab are not mandatory. There are afternoon small groups twice a week that are required." | Report Response

"Only mandatory for the physical exam course, clinical preceptor, and problem solving course. Lecture attendance is optional." | Report Response

"only 2 classes- the problem based learning (IPS), and the clinical skills one- (PPS). Both are only one afternoon a week each. Everything else is taped and online." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Helpful review book ideas are past down from class to class but in general, you get the material you need through the lectures. Reading is up to you (i.e. if it helps you understand better, you can check out books that previous classes have found useful)." | Report Response

"None are necessary. I found the texts helpful for physiology though." | Report Response

"Very few. Just the typical staples of medicine." | Report Response

"Almost none. First Aid is an unofficial required book. Thumbs up to the admin for this." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 1
All years 0
No 2

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"n/a BCM is in the med center. I think the only place designated for housing by BCM was bought by one of the private hospitals for development. Off-campus housing within five minutes is plentiful and cheap, though." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
9.75 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 3

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
8.75 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
9.75 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Fantastic. There are a few poor lecturers, but they are few and far between - and definitely outweighed by the number of fantastic, dedicated, hilarious professors who prepared us incredibly well for our clinicals and Step 1." | Report Response

"Wonderful. Approachable, kind, and supportive." | Report Response

"AMAZING! Many lectures I feel like I am watching an action packed summer blockbuster. Of course you get one or two who put you to sleep, but overall the lecturers are great!" | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Very good. Lots of time interacting directly with attendings; faculty is very interested in teaching." | Report Response

"n/a" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors, high pass, pass, marginal pass, fail. Whether or not the class is ranked is a complicated question, so I'll address that here. First, we do have AOA, so ranking is kept internally for this purpose. Second, rank is kept internally to determine what your final word on your MSPE letter for residency will be. Some schools say what percentile you rank in your class; BCM is more subtle and has words (outstanding, excellent, etc.) that represent percentiles but they are very brought groupings (i.e. the middle 50% of the class all has the same word, so you can delineate between 25%ile and 74%ile. It's more subtle so supposedly less pressure." | Report Response

"H/HP/P/MP/F" | Report Response

"H/HP/P/F" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 4

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"You put in preferences. I've been pretty fortunate in getting the sequence I've wanted but it might be hit or miss. They try very hard to enable you to have your top choices." | Report Response

"Submit your preferences for four possible schedules each year. Registrar does their best to accommodate. Required: medicine, surgery, neuro, family medicine, psych, ob/gyn, peds, and a sub-internship" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"It varies a lot on rotations but in general you're responsible for pre-rounding on a 1-4 patients in the morning (including checking EMR), checking in with the resident in charge of your patients before rounding with attending, presenting the patient on rounds, and then writing a note on your patient in the chart." | Report Response

"Depends on the rotation and your attending. On psych, you pretty much act like a sub-i - you're in charge of writing the notes and coming up with the treatment plan for your patients. On some family rotations, it can be a lot like shadowing. Generally, you can have all the responsibilities you feel ready to ask for." | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"All have advantages and disadvantages. Ben Taub - county hospital. Older facilities, but EPIC EMR is great and you have a lot more responsibility (great learning opportunities). Methodist/St. Luke's: great private institutions, beautiful facilities, but less responsibility TCH: enough said. MD Anderson: technically UT's; we only rotate here on a few rotations. But it's amazing as well." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"It varies. We have a private hospital, county hospital, and VA hospital, and we get experience rotating at all three. This gives us a lot of breadth in our training, as we get exposure to a very diverse group of patients." | Report Response

"Depends on the hospital. At BT, expect a larger proportion of uninsured and minority patients. Spanish is very valuable here!" | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"eat! post-block parties sports/work out (Rice loop is across the street)" | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Our match goes pretty well each year. It helps that we have had the highest average STEP I score in the nation the past several years." | Report Response

"Extremely well. Our match list this year was outstanding. Many students choose to stay in Texas, but those who wanted competitive programs on the East and West coast had no problems getting them." | Report Response

"Reportedly very well." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"I believe residency directors are extremely impressed with our program." | Report Response

"BCM has a great reputation among RDs." | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"I think we're known for producing strong physicians in all areas ;p" | Report Response

// Share //

// Other Schools //