About the Program
The Genetic Counseling Program offered at Baylor College of Medicine provides an integrated medical genetics graduate education. Students benefit from the School of Health Professions and Baylor College of Medicine environment, which places emphasis on the values of respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork, and excellence.
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Genetic Counseling Program Webinar 2022
The Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program Webinar is a virtual and informational event designed to inform those individuals who plan to apply during the current genetic counseling program application cycle and those curious about the field of genetic counseling and the BCM Genetic Counseling Program. Topics covered include prerequisites, curriculum, clinical training, faculty, program strengths, and the application process.
There are many schools that can train you to be a genetic counselor. Why should you select Baylor?
Graduates encouraged to be ready for forks in the road
The advice to Baylor College of Medicine’s 2021 graduates? Be ready to take the unexpected forks in the road that will inevitably come along, because they can turn into opportunity.
Student Voices: Heather Lucas
Heather Lucas, a genetic counseling student in the School of Health Professions, shares her Baylor College of Medicine experience.
Over the past three years the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification exam first time pass rate for graduates of our program is 88 percent. 100% of all graduating classes thus far have secured employment at least six weeks prior to graduation and there has been a 0% attrition rate during that same period of time.
Our location in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, gives our students access to several of the nation’s leading hospitals, including Texas Children's Hospital, which is ranked #2 overall in the United States. Our exceptionally diverse patient care activities, including the nation’s largest clinical genetics program with prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer clinical encounters, allows rich exposure to patients and families.
Our students have access to research activities within the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, which surpasses all other genetics departments nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The partnership between the diagnostic laboratory, Baylor Genetics, and the College provides unique educational experiences for students seeking either laboratory or industry related genetic counseling careers.
Houston is the most diverse large metropolitan area in the nation. In addition to the diversity of the local population, the institutions of the Texas Medical Center attract patients from around the world. This exposure to health beliefs and practices influenced by cultural origins provides exceptional understanding of how to approach the provision of patient-centered care. Our students also gain valuable insights through community outreach programs and supplemental activities that transform perspectives on disease and redefine personalized medical care. Explore Houston.
The education, research and clinical service roles of the more than 50 genetic counselors who form the principal faculty of the Genetic Counseling Program ensure student exposure to seasoned instructors, reputable researchers, and clinicians in active practice in the specialties of prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and laboratory genetic counseling.
Team-based instruction occurs within the didactic and clinical phases of our curriculum with experiences involving a mix of disciplines including medical, genetic counseling, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant, pharmacy, social work, and nursing students ensuring a rich experience in the area of role socialization.
The College provides access to standardized patients, rotation evaluation tools, streaming videos of lectures, the TMC library system, and quality after-class environments for study. Academic and support services for students promote academic excellence, health and wellness, and student engagement.
The program has been even more rewarding than I expected. With so many clinical sites in the Texas Medical Center we have the opportunity to take what we learn in the classroom right into the clinic, where we serve a diverse patient population.
Genetic Counseling Insights: Pilar Magoulas
Pilar Magoulas, chief of genetic counseling at Baylor College of Medicine speaks about her career.
Genetic Counseling Insight: Jill Mokry
Baylor College of Medicine genetic counselor, Jill Mokry speaks about her research-focused career.
Genetic Counseling Awareness Day
GC Program alumni and current faculty members Hannah Helber and Rachel Thomas describe what genetic counseling means to them.
Mission and Vision
The Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program provides students a transformative education in genomic medicine and the practice of genetic counseling. The outstanding clinical, laboratory, and research faculty will empower graduates to be empathic professionals with effective critical thinking skills.
As leaders of genomic medicine integration, our graduates will serve as indispensable navigators of genetic service delivery.
- Be equipped with the tools to meet the ever changing demands of genomic medicine.
- Be familiar with the latest developments in genomic medicine and prepared to critically evaluate and implement these developments in their own practice.
- Be empowered to engage with, and advocate for, the communities they serve.
- Contribute to the growth and development of the profession.
- Develop the skills necessary to further research in genetic counseling and genomic medicine.
The Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc, 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Ste 300, McLean, VA 22102. Telephone: (703) 506 - 7667. Visit the College's accreditation page for information about other accrediting agencies that review Baylor College of Medicine's educational programs.
School of Health Professions
The home of the Genetic Counseling Program is the Baylor College of Medicine School of Health Professions. The program draws upon the clinical and research expertise of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the innovative educational models developed in collaboration with the School of Health Professions to meet all the requirements of Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.
Internships for Prospective Students
Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program will not be offering a summer internship this year. In lieu of an internship, we are planning a Genetic Counseling Career Interest Workshop. This will allow us to engage a greater number of individuals. The workshop tentatively planned for August 12, 2022. Additional details to follow later this month.
Future of Genetic Counseling
Read the article program director Dan Riconda published in the March 2018 issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics titled, "Genetic counselor training for the next generation: Where do we go from here?"
Read the interview with program director, Dan Riconda in the July 2017 issue of the Texas Transcript, the official newsletter of the Texas Society for Genetic Counselors.
Evenings With Genetics
Baylor GC students attend and participate in Evenings with Genetics, a monthly genetics seminar open to the general public. You can register for an upcoming Evenings with Genetics webinar.