Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Medical Genetics Diversity Visiting Students Program


There is an urgent need for medical geneticists in the United States as the field of genetics and genomics is growing rapidly. The Office of Community Engagement and Diversity invites 4th-year underrepresented medical students to rotate with Baylor College of Medicine faculty in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. During this four-week-long program, students will be able to rotate between a clinical genetics area and a genetics/genomics laboratory while working with a faculty mentor in each area. Clinical rotations will take place at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor CHI St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Harris Health.

Program Goals

  • Enhance awareness of the Medical Genetics and Genomics field
  • Increase the number of diverse students applying to Medical Genetics Residency Programs
  • Give diverse students an opportunity to experience training at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for 4th year medical students


  • Enrolled in medical degree-granting programs
  • From one of the following underrepresented groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Economically Disadvantaged, or Persons with Disabilities
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Travel Scholarship

Travel, room and board provided to defray cost while visiting Baylor College of Medicine for this program.

How to Apply

The application process is a two-step process.

1. Interested applicant must complete the MG Diversity Pre-application
2. If notified of acceptance, then interested applicant must apply through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO).

Applications accepted from third-year medical students Dec. 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020. The visiting students program takes place between August and October.

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