Opportunities for Stanford Undergraduate Students

Faculty within the Division have participated within the Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS) program, which provides Stanford undergraduates who are interested in pursuing medicine an opportunity to shadow physicians at Stanford.   

If you are an undergraduate Stanford student interested in observing our clinical service through the SIMS program, please contact us prior to enrolling in MED160 to investigate whether one of our physicians is available to participate in the program that quarter.

Please visit the Stanford Course Catalog and SIMS Program Website for more information.

Opportunities for Medical Students

Medical Genetics Attending Dr. Christy Tise (right), alongside Stanford’s first ACMGF Summer Scholar, John Imbrie (center) and Dr. Tina Cowan (left), co-director of the Clinical Biochemical Lab at Stanford


Eligible home (Stanford) and away/visiting medical students who are interested in the field of clinical genetics are invited to enroll in PEDS301A (Medical Genetics Clerkship).  Within this two- or four-week clerkship, students participate in the evaluation of children and adults in outpatient clinic (both General Genetics and Metabolic Genetics Clinic) and the inpatient consult service. Students will also attend prenatal genetics, biochemical genetics, and medical genetics case conferences, as well as participate in resident didactics. 

If you are a visiting student (typically in their fourth or final year at a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association), please review the eligibility criteria and application process.

Visit the Stanford Medical School course catalog for more information.

ACMGF Summer Scholar Program

We have also participated in the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Summer Genetic Scholars program (SGSP).  This program allows students to work directly with a medical geneticist mentor during the summer after their first year of medical school.

Please visit the ACMGF website for more information on this program.

Weekly Resident Didactics: Jeopardy style teaching

Metabolic formula tasting

Opportunities for Visiting Residents

Away Residents

Away residents who are interested in a Medical Genetics elective are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the information on the GME website.

Please also visit the Stanford Pediatrics residency program website for more information because a medical genetics elective would be completed through the Department of Pediatrics.

Stanford Residents

After discussion with your program directors and coordinators to determine your rotation eligibility please reach out to us either directly or through the visiting form.

Other Opportunities

If you are interested in applying to one of our training programs, but are unable to participate in one of the formal experiences above, a two-week Visiting Observership may be possible .  A visiting observer must be supervised by a designated host at all times.

Given the high volume of various learners in our clinics, availability is limited. Priority is given to individuals who are competitive applicants for one of our training programs.  Given the lengthy clearance process, it is recommended that you contact us at least six-months prior to your target visit dates.

Visiting Observers cannot receive credit, nor participate clinically in any capacity. The hospital grants Visiting Observer clearance as a courtesy to allow for clinical exposure to interested parties. The maximum observership with Medical Genetics is two weeks.

FAQ's about Visiting Observers

Interest Form

If you are interested in any of these programs please fill out the form below or through this link: 

Medical Genetics Visitors Request Form.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about eligibilty, or questions about the specific programs after completing the form above, please contact Samuel DeKlerk (samueldk@stanford.edu).