Doctor of Medicine
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree requires a minimum of four years of study. The focus of the medical curriculum is to prepare students for supervised medical practice through clinical integration of material throughout all four years of study. Students in the pre-clerkship portion of the curriculum (approximately 18 months) do not take separate courses in the traditional basic science disciplines of gross anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, histology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and neuroscience. Rather, such content is appropriately organized into integrated blocks of instruction (3 to 19 weeks in duration depending upon the theme of the block). Students in the clerkship portion of the curriculum (approximately 30 months) rotate on clinical service in required clerkships (internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and an acting internship) and also have opportunities for rotations in elective clerkships and areas of interest. Grades are issued for individual blocks and clerkships on an honors/pass/fail basis. Students are required to take and pass and/or achieve a minimum score on National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) customized comprehensive exams and subject exams at various points in the program.
The ethical and social aspects of medical practice receive special emphasis in the Humanities, Ethics, Altruism and Leadership (HEAL) courses, which provide lecture, discussion and small group case studies that focus on the humanistic concerns in modern medicine.
During the clerkship portion of the curriculum, students receive clinical training in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings associated with our main campus or clinical teaching sites located in Bryan/College Station, Dallas, Houston, Round Rock, and Temple. Clerkships in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology are required. Also, clerkships in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and acting internship are required. A wide variety of elective clinical experiences are available. Some clinical rotations can be completed at alternate locations around the state (e.g. Pediatrics at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi). Students may also design custom learning experiences for electives or participate in offerings at other medical colleges on a limited basis.
Policies and Regulations
The College of Medicine (COM) Student Handbook is published on the COM website under the Office of Student Affairs. This handbook is the official statement of rules and regulations that govern student conduct and student activities at the COM. The handbook can be viewed online on the following site; http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/student-affairs/docs/handbook.pdf.
Students entering a formal medical education program are expected to uphold and adhere to the ethical and behavioral standards of the profession of medicine. The development and maintenance of a professional attitude is an ongoing responsibility of each student. Evaluation of professional behavior is an integral part of the curriculum and will be a factor in assigning grades and determining promotion, retention or dismissal.
College of Medicine Admission Information
The Degree of Doctor of Medicine Core Curriculum
The 4-year curriculum provides the basic science and clinical foundations that will prepare medical students for supervised medical practice in residency and beyond.
|Fall||Semester Credit Hours|
|PRE-CLERKSHIP PHASE 1|
|MEID 605||Foundations of Medicine I||5|
|MEID 606||Foundations of Medicine II||3|
|MEID 607||Medical Gross Anatomy||5|
|MEID 619||Practice of Medicine I||8|
|Semester Credit Hours||21|
|MEID 609||Introduction to Disease||9|
|MEID 618||Medical Student Grand Rounds||2|
|MEID 620||Practice of Medicine II||8|
|Semester Credit Hours||32|
|MEID 704||Renal Genitourinary||4|
|MEID 707||Endocrinology, Reproductive Science, Human Sexuality||5|
|MEID 711||Evidence Based Medicine, Scholarship and Research||1|
|MEID 712||Practice of Medicine III||6|
|Semester Credit Hours||27|
|CLINICAL PHASE 2|
|EMED 800||Emergency Medicine Clerkship||5|
|IMED 800||Internal Medicine Clerkship||10|
|MEID 685||Directed Studies||5|
|MFCM 800||Family Medicine Clerkship||7.5|
|MPED 800||Pediatrics Clerkship||7.5|
|MPSY 800||Psychiatry Clerkship||7.5|
|MRAD 800||Radiology Clerkship||2|
|OBGY 800||Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship||7.5|
|SURG 800||Surgery Clerkship||10|
|Semester Credit Hours||62|
|Acting Internship (4 weeks) 4|
|Select one of the following:||5|
|Internal Medicine Acting Internship|
|Acting Internship - Student Initiated Elective|
|Family Medicine Acting Internship|
|Pediatric Acting Internship|
|Obstetrics and Gynecology Acting Internship|
|Surgery Acting Internship|
|Critical Care Medicine (4 weeks) 4|
|Select one of the following:||5|
|Medical Intensive Care Unit|
|Critical Care - Student Initiated Elective|
|Neonatal Intensive Care Unit|
|Pediatric Intensive Care Unit|
|Surgical Intensive Care Unit|
|Semester Credit Hours||10|
|Practice of Medicine (2 weeks)|
|MEID 850||Practice of Medicine Capstone||2.5|
|Semester Credit Hours||42|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||194|
The first 18 months of the curriculum (pre-clerkship portion) focus on the fundamentals of biomedical science and consist of two components, Foundations and Organ Systems administered in consecutive blocks.
Foundations blocks emphasize the basic structure of the human body and basic principles of other medical science disciplines, i.e., gross anatomy, histology, basic principles of biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, and cell physiology. Students take integrated courses which cover medical humanities, ethics, leadership, important professional development topics, and Introduction to Clinical Skills, which includes patient history-taking and doctor-patient communication skills and physical diagnosis.
By mid-April of the first year, students transition into the Organ Systems blocks. The Organ Systems blocks cover normal function, pathophysiology and disease-related aspects of the specific organ systems including the basic therapeutic approach to disease. The disciplines covered in Organ Systems blocks include organ-based physiology, organ system/disease-related biochemistry and genetics, pathology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, introductory pediatrics and introductory internal medicine. During the Organ Systems blocks, students continue to build skills in integrated humanities and clinical skills.
During the Clinical portion of the curriculum, students rotate on clinical service in required clerkships and have opportunities for elective rotations in areas of interest. During this time, students have the opportunity to experience clinical training in several different patient care venues and locations, including private-practice, academic, and governmental institutions in Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, Round Rock and Temple.
18 month curriculum: Courses may be taken beginning with the Spring of Year 2 through the end of Spring of Year 3.
Required rotations/courses. These courses are available all year.
Electives are offered on all COM campuses. Students may choose from predetermined electives, design custom learning experiences, or participate in offerings at other medical colleges on a limited basis.
Requirements for Graduation for MD Degree
The Doctor of Medicine degree is awarded at the completion of the four-year program to those students who have attained at least a grade of P or S (or higher) in all courses and clerkships in the medical curriculum, who are not on probation, and who have satisfactorily demonstrated to the faculty the personal and professional qualities essential to the practice of medicine. Students are expected to complete requirements for the MD degree within six (6) years, not counting time away on leave of absence or pursuit of advanced degrees, such as an MD/PhD.
- A passing grade in all required courses and clerkships must be achieved in order to receive the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
- The student must obtain at least 194 credit hours to qualify for graduation.
- Passage of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2-CK is required for graduation.
- Student must pass USMLE Step 1 for promotion to the 4th year.
- Students must take Step 2-CS prior to graduation. For May graduates, students must take Step 2-CS by May 1. For December graduates, students must take Step 2-CS by December 1.
COM students who qualify for the MD degree and who attain a GPA of 3.50 or above in their professional medical curricula, are awarded a degree “With Honors.” Students who enter the curriculum with advanced standing are not eligible to be named honor graduates.
Commencement for COM students who have earned the MD degree takes place at the end of the spring semester.