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.

Professionalism

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester 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 Hours21
Spring
MEID 608 Neuroscience 5
MEID 609 Introduction to Disease 9
MEID 616 Cardiovascular 5
MEID 617 Respiratory 3
MEID 618 Medical Student Grand Rounds 2
MEID 620 Practice of Medicine II 8
 Semester Credit Hours32
Second Year
Fall
MEID 701 Hematology/Oncology 4
MEID 704 Renal Genitourinary 4
MEID 706 Metabolism/Gastrointestinal/Nutrition 5
MEID 707 Endocrinology, Reproductive Science, Human Sexuality 5
MEID 708 Integument-Musculoskeletal 2
MEID 711 Evidence Based Medicine, Scholarship and Research 1
MEID 712 Practice of Medicine III 6
 Semester Credit Hours27
Third Year
Fall
CLINICAL PHASE 2  
Clerkship 3  
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 Hours62
Fourth Year
Fall
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 Hours10
Spring
Practice of Medicine (2 weeks)  
MEID 850 Practice of Medicine Capstone 2.5
Electives 5 39.5
 Semester Credit Hours42
 Total Semester Credit Hours194

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.