Building on Excellence
U.S.News and World Report badge for Best Medical Schools 2013Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest, is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care.
For 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked BCM as one of the top 25 medical schools for research.
Located in the Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals, each known for medical excellence. Read more about our affiliates.
The college has total research support of $363 million, with $280 million from federal sources, and more than 90 research and patient-care centers and units. Currently, BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.
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In 1900, a small group of dedicated physicians and community leaders started a medical school in Dallas to improve the practice of medicine in North Texas. The fledgling school was called the University of Dallas Medical Department, although no such university existed. The school opened its doors Oct. 30, 1900.
Dr. Butler with the BCM archivesVideo: Dr. William T. Butler takes us on an historical journey in this recorded presentation of "Arming for Battle Against Disease."
The young medical school needed a true affiliation with an established university to survive, and, in 1903, an alliance was formed with Baylor University in Waco. At that time, the name changed to Baylor University College of Medicine. The College struggled in those early years to improve its curriculum, facilities, faculty, and students, and, by 1918, it was the only private medical school in Texas.
Over the next several decades, the College continued to grow, but faced many financial challenges.
In 1943, the M.D. Anderson Foundation invited Baylor University College of Medicine to join the newly formed Texas Medical Center. The College opened in Houston July 12, 1943, in a converted Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, with 131 students. Four years later, the College moved into its present site in The Roy and Lillie Cullen Building, the first building completed in the new Texas Medical Center.
In 1948, Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., joined the faculty as chair of the Department of Surgery, and the following year, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was established. During the next several years, the College began its affiliation with a number of hospitals, which created superior training facilities for students and residents.
The College's rise in prominence began in the 1950s when Dr. DeBakey's innovative surgical techniques garnered international attention. The 1960s brought the first major expansion of College facilities, along with a major turning point for the institution.
In 1969, by mutual agreement, the College separated from Baylor University to become an independent institution. This encouraged broader, nonsectarian support and provided access to federal research funding. The institution's name changed to Baylor College of Medicine.
That same year, the College entered into an agreement with the state legislature to double its class size in order to increase the number of physicians in Texas. The agreement remains in place today.
From the President
Paul Klotman, M.D.Baylor College of Medicine is an incredible institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research and patient care that is internationally recognized.
As president of this great institution, I have appreciated the tremendous support of this community for Baylor College of Medicine. Outstanding community advocates and a loyal alumni base are great strengths for Baylor and it is a luxury few medical schools enjoy.
I appreciate hearing from the College's many constituents and I hope you will continue to contact me at email@example.com to share your thoughts and suggestions for new programs at Baylor that will advance our missions of excellence in research, education and patient care and service to our community, both local and global.
McNair Campus: The McNair Campus will be an important site for all of our missions. Keep up with the latest developments.
Administrative Fellowship Program: The Office of the President operates BCM's program for developing new talent in health care management.
Catalogs of Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine is committed to being a national leader in advancing human health through the integration of patient care, research, education, and community service.
As Baylor College of Medicine proceeds into the new century, these principles guide our growth and operation: courage, trust, discovery, excellence, service, leadership, collaboration, scholarship, and people.
Training the Next Generation
Leading the Way
Best Medical Schools 2013Tomorrow's health care leaders are being educated at Baylor College of Medicine today. The best and the brightest from across the country train at BCM. They're attracted to our innovative curriculum and leading-edge research. Plus, BCM students and residents train at our world-class affiliated hospitals-all located in the renowned Texas Medical Center. In addition, BCM operates an Administrative Fellowship Program to develop new talent in health care management.
PBCM's more than 10,000 alumni and over 6,000 former residents can be found chairing academic departments, leading medical schools and graduate programs, running pharmaceutical companies, conducting groundbreaking research, spearheading international initiatives and providing exceptional health care.
Research at Baylor College of Medicine
Best Medical Schools 2013Baylor College of Medicine is committed to research, unraveling the mysteries of the human body, and finding new ways to cure disease and improve health. Read about some of the exciting discoveries from the labs at BCM.
Baylor College of Medicine backs up its commitment with premier facilities and financial support to the tune of $363 million, $280 million from federal sources. In addition, an interdisciplinary approach combines departments and investigators from different fields and promises to decrease the amount of time it takes to turn scientific discoveries into meaningful health advancements.
Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, 1967
Houston and Baylor College of Medicine in 1967 were modern city and modern, progressive institution. I was amazed when I arrived. I was working in the Department of Pathology of BCM from October 1966 to December 1967 as a resident and fellow. We returned to Houston with the family in October 1968 after the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. The pictures were taken during 1967.
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