Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University (TCU) – School Profile and Medical Student Interviews

Medical Student Interviews:

Kyung Park, MS2


The Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University (TCU) received its accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in October 2018 and opened its doors to the first class of 60 students in July 2019. The affiliated Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is a renowned research institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of biomedical disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and medical physics. TCU is currently constructing a new 4-story, 100,000 square-foot, dedicated medical campus slated to open in 2024. Currently, the school’s educational and research facilities are located within the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth campus in Fort Worth.


Phase 1 is a 14-month period that begins with the Medical School and Clinical Immersion Course, in which medical students are introduced to the rigors of medical school and clinical practice through . This course helps set expectations for medical students and helps them develop effective learning strategies. For the remainder of Phase 1, students receive organ-based teaching to cover clinical and behavioral sciences through small group learning. In Phase 2, which lasts 15 months, students are exposed to the core disciplines of Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Students will receive additional inpatient immersion experiences for Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Surgery clerkships. Phase 3 (from the start of 3rd year until graduation) includes sub-internship experiences, critical care experiences and elective opportunities. Students will also receive a Transition to Residency course which is designed to prepare students to transition to the role of first-year resident.

Curriculum Highlights:

Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis: The Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis (SPT) course is a longitudinally integrated course that is designed to promote life-long learning and develop physicians capable of critical inquiry that can improve patient-centric care. Students have the opportunity to work with mentors , course directors, and faculty that they choose to perform evidence review and develop scholarly research projects.  By the end of the course, students will complete a capstone thesis and present their work to the community at a symposium.

Future Accelerators of Medicine and Beyond (FAB): Exposes students to emerging ideas and that stand to significantly impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. Students learn design strategy that can help them contribute new ideas for the application of emerging technologies to improve the health of patients and populations.


Phase 1: Pass/ Fail, Phase 2-3: Honors/ High Pass/ Pass/ Fail

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