Diagnostic Laboratory Training Programs
The Baylor College of Medicine Medical Genetics Laboratories provide state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to hospitals and referring physicians locally, nationally, and globally.
The laboratories are divided into Molecular (General and Mitochondrial), Biochemical, and Cytogenetics (including array Comparative Genomic Hybridization) as well as the Cancer Genetics Laboratory (employing a combination of cytogenetics and molecular diagnostic techniques) and the Whole Genome Laboratory work areas are an integral part of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics.
Each lab is a national referral laboratory with a dedicated laboratory director and medical director who oversee the activities of the laboratory. In addition, the laboratories employ four genetic counselors who participate in the interpretation of data and interface with referring clinicians. Collectively, the laboratories process approximately 50,000 samples yearly.
The laboratories use traditional techniques as well as newer techniques, including NextGen sequencing, array-based technologies, Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Pyro-sequencing automated capillary DNA sequence analysis, and Maldi-TOF. The laboratories are housed in a modern facility in the Texas Medical Center and are among the largest academic genetics laboratories in the United States.
Training programs that lead to eligibility for American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) certification are offered for:
The ABMG requires 24 months of training in an ABMG-accredited program to be eligible for board certification.
Information for Applicants:
We generally require applicants to have done at least two years of post-doctoral research (although occasionally individuals with exceptional credentials are considered). We sponsor both J-1 and H-1B visas for individuals who are not US citizens or permanent residents. We generally have positions available every year. Applications are only accepted August - October and interviews are conducted October - December. All diagnostic laboratory trainees start on or around July 1. Individuals considering training should carefully review the ABMG web site for information on "Training and Certification". Individuals whose doctoral degree is from an international institution (i.e. outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico) should review the ABMG web site for information on "Foreign Medical Graduates Credentials Check" prior to submitting an application to a specific training program. When applying, please carefully read and follow application instructions. Letters of reverence should be sent directly from the author and may be sent via e-mail or through the postal service.
- ABMG Laboratory Training Application
- Examination and Visa Requirements (PDF)
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Applications should be directed to:
Texas Children's Hospital
6701 Fannin Suite 1560
Houston, TX 77030