Baylor College of Medicine versus UT Southwestern Medical School
Updated 9/11/2015 – new rankings
For some Texas medical school applicants, there comes a point where they must decide between matriculating to Baylor College of Medicine or the University of Texas Southwestern. Why is this such a tough decision? Quite frankly, both schools are fantastic. They’re the top two in Texas according to US News. They each have unique amenities. But as with any school, there are pros and cons.
Here’s a brief summary outlining the differences between the two medical schools:
|Baylor Med||UT Southwestern|
|Primary Care Rank||11||17|
|Location||Houston, TX||Dallas, TX|
(Information gathered from school websites and US news)
Now personally, I prefer Baylor Med over UT Southwestern for several reasons.
- BCM is situated in the world’s largest medical center providing ample opportunities for medical students to pursue research/volunteering close to their campus.
- Being a Houstonian myself, BCM is “right around the corner.”
- The 18 month basic science curriculum coupled with flexible scheduling for USMLE Step 1.
- The fact that BCM students can take their core clinical clerkships/electives in any order makes far more sense than having to wait till the end of medical school to “try out” the rotation that you were originally interested in. By that time, residency applications should be virtually complete.
How do you weigh the differences between Baylor Med and UT Southwestern?