Baylor Med has been under a lot of fire regarding numbers over the last year. What’s the financial situation? What’s wrong with the ranks? Quite frankly, last year’s applicants were rightfully concerned about these statistics, but today, I finally came across what I feel is the most important number in assessing a medical school’s quality of education.
During today’s pharmacology elective, the course director happened to share Baylor Med’s 2010 USMLE Step I average score with us – 241, an all time high for the school. To put things in perspective, a 241 means that based strictly on board scores, every BCM student is competitive for plastic surgery (average score for matched residents is ~240). Undoubtedly, this score is a testament to the dedicated work of our professors, our solid curriculum, one-of-a-kind clinical training, and incredible breadth of students.
As an MS2, it’s rather nerve wracking to see the upperclassmen setting the bar so high, but at the same time, it’s humbling to think that these students completed the same curriculum I have. It’s only a matter of time (roughly Spring of 2012) till my classmates and I are expected to uphold and exceed the ridiculously-high-board-score precedent consistently set forth by the upperclassmen, and I’m sure it’s a challenge we’ll overcome. 🙂
What’s even better is that I’ve heard nothing but praise from the professors for the new MS1 class. As the saying goes, these students really know the meaning of “study hard, play hard.” Even though they’ve finished only one week of medical school, they’re already assuming the responsibilities inherent to being a Baylor Med student.
So while a 241 average is remarkable, there is no reason why that score cannot progressively increase over the coming years. I’m looking forward to doing my part!