Welcome new students!

It’s August, and that means there are lots of new faces around the halls of Baylor College of Medicine. New medical school and graduate school students started July 31, with both groups being welcomed at new-student orientations.

The incoming class in the School of Medicine – the Class of 2021 – includes 185 students representing 17 states and 54 undergraduate institutions. There are 99 females, 86 males, 155 Texans, and 30 out-of-staters.

Orientation week for new medical students at Baylor College of Medicine began a little differently than the future doctors may have expected. An overnight stay at the Retreat at Artesian Lakes near Cleveland, Texas, provided the backdrop for team-building activities and outdoor adventures including horseback riding, canoeing and swimming.

Third- and fourth-year medical students led the new class in ice breakers and group games while encouraging them to get to know the classmates they’ll spend many hours with over the next four years.

Learn more about their orientation in the video below, and view a photo gallery on Facebook.

The new class in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences brings with it a wealth of diversity with international flair. The group of 104 students includes 45 males, 59 females, 29 Texans and 75 students from outside of the Texas, including 37 international students representing 13 countries.

Their orientation included a welcome and introduction from Dr. Adam Kuspa, interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and senior vice president of research, as well as overviews of campus services and resources. They also learned about the Team Launch program and attended smaller, program-based orientation sessions, then regrouped for team-building exercises, including an activity where they called upon teamwork to build a paper chain.

Learn more in this video.