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Survey Name Baylor College of Medicine Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 12-13-2005
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 12-15-2005
Location Texas Your Result Never take, Click here to take
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1. What do you like best about your school?
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  • - The mix of students (pretty diverse student body, wide range of talents) - I LOVE Baylor-- it is the best choice that I ever made. The friendly, competitive environment; the Texas Medical Center; the flexibility of our schedules; and most of all-- that basic science is only 1 1/2 year rather than 2!!!! - Baylor does not inculcate the excesses. - BAylor is a tremendous school with an extremely supportive environment. The flexibility provided by basic sciences only taking 16 months is wonderful. Strong focus on learning material important for the treatment of patients even in the basic sciences. - I really feel that I will be prepared for both clinics and a career in medicine. Baylor demands a lot of its students. We are "encouraged" to learn not only the big picture, but the intricacies as well. We cram all of our basic sciences in to only a year and a half and we also get extensive clinical experience during that time. Cramming in all of basic science in to a shorter amount of time translates in to more learning at the bedside (which is something that I feel is a big upside to the curriculum). Also, vacation time is very flexible during out clinical years. Our residency placement is also very high. Not only do our students typically get the residencies that they want, they get them in the fields that are traditionally difficult to match to. - The accelerated basic sciences (one-and-a-half-years) allows you to just get it over with and into the clinical portion of the training. Having an extra 6 months of clinical rotations really allows for additional flexibility in the selection of electives and for doing research. Also, Baylor has several big teaching hospitals in Houston that are the premier medical institutions in the state and are on the cutting edge of technology. There is a huge and varied patient population to draw from. - System based approach to pathology, stressing more clinical aspects in the second year than traditional pathology. - Diversity of patient population. Ability to have hands on experience in clinics...(delivery of babies, procedures) - unlimited opportunities in the texas medical center for clinical experience as well as research. - The fact that we are in clinics a half year earlier than most, and that core rotations only need to be done by middle of 4th year means you get wide exposure early on to all sorts of clinical experiences - you can take electives as a 2nd year! - Strong academic program - You get to start clinics early. Great clinical training in the largest medical center in the country. The diversity of the patient population is incredible and you have access to this from your first year. Great opportunities to get involved with international health.

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12. What do you like least about your school?
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  • - Not enough study space. Parking is terrible. - Parking is horrible and a pain; Houston is hot and humid and stinky; The computer labs need updating (should be happening soon!) - Houston drips with harsh humidity. - Cramming basic science into a year and a half means that the workload during that period is high. I consider myself somebody that has traditionally had a real "balance" in my life. At Baylor, I have found that maintaining that balance has been difficult at times and really takes a concerted effort. - The grading system is not strictly "honors/pass/fail." It involves a grade of marginal pass (MP) which is 60-68. It is a passing grade and meant to show that you just barely passed.It seems a little picky. - Parking is terrible and expensive. Very little autonomy in Pediatrics. Bad OB/Gyn rotation. - Financial aid department somewhat disorganized... Lack of minorities in key positions - some difficulty getting help, advice, etc. from Student Affairs and administration - Parking here is hard to come by and expensive. Learn your bus and shuttle routes, or utilize your bike! - no complaints - Mentoring is difficult in that you have to be proactive to find people. However, once approached, faculty are very receptive and eager to mentor.

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
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  • - I LOVE IT HERE. Best decision I ever made. Don't beleive the B.S. propogated by other Texas schools that Baylor is ultra-competetive, etc. Sure, people work hard; but they help each other out. - The Texas Medical Center offers an excellent range of clinical experience. - Excellent clinical education due to devoted faculty who still spend at least part of their time treating patients. Very cooperative student body. Came here instead of going to "number one med school in the nation" and I couldn't be happier with my choice. - Houston is a nice place to live. There is a lot of very nice, affordable housing and there are lots of clubs, bars, movie theaters, and shopping theatres, as well as the ballet, opera, symphony and many playhouses! and the weather is pretty nice if you don't mind hot, humid summers! - Houston can be nicer than you think. - Basic sciences in 1 1/2 yrs is the major selling point. Your main training is in clinics...you get extra training here in that respect. - overall a great place to begin learning medicine. - The Texas Medical Center's size and reknown make it a great place to learn and SEE all those strange things you've only read about. Lots of institutions close by means even more opportunities to do near-by "away" electives too (i.e. MD Anderson, The Institute for Rehabilitation & Research). - Baylor is a great place to go to med school in that you are exposed to everything as a student and the clinical schedule (clinics start in Jan of year 2) allows you to try nearly every speciality before you have to decide on a field for residency.