Medical Genetics Rotation Program

The Medical Genetics Graduate Program offers a Rotation Program for September-start students. (There is no Rotation Program offered for January-start students).

Following review of all September-start applicants by the Medical Genetics Admissions Committee, the highest ranked applicants will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Rotation Program. The number of applicants invited to participate in the annual Rotation Program is 3-5 students.

The Program consists of three nine-week laboratory rotations, allowing students a chance to work with different potential supervisors. By the end of the third rotation, students will finalize their thesis supervisor.  Therefore, those students accepted to this Program will not be required to secure the final commitment of a research (thesis) supervisor before they receive acceptance to the Medical Genetics Graduate Program and the University of British Columbia.  However, at the end of their three laboratory rotations, students must finalize the commitment of a research supervisor in order to continue in their MSc or PhD program

Who is eligible for the Rotation Program?

  • Canadians, Permanent Residents of Canada, and international MSc and PhD applicants who meet all of the Medical Genetics Graduate Program admission requirements are eligible for the Rotation Program.
  • See the admission requirements for Domestic and International applicants.
  • Successful applicants will have a first class standing in their previous degree; excellent references; and relevant research experience.
  • There is no separate application form for this Program.

Why Participate in the Rotation Program?

  • Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research is of growing importance, so exposure to other labs/different lab cultures from the beginning is very valuable, as is acquiring a broad skill set.
  • Rotations also maximize the chances of a good fit between student and supervisor.

How does the Rotation Program work?

Funding:  Students selected for this Program will receive a Medical Genetics Rotation Program Award totaling $26,000 for their incoming year (September – August).  After the first year, the student will receive a stipend of no less than $22,000/year. See Medical Genetics Stipend Support.

Laboratory Rotations:  Each selected student will need to identify (and confirm the agreement of) three supervisors for their rotations. Final supervisor acceptance is to be arranged at any point prior to May 1.  More details will be provided to students in their offer letters.

Coursework:  As required by other students in the Medical Genetics Graduate Program, students in the Rotation Program must take a full course-load of 18 credits over the first two terms of their programs which includes 6 credits of Directed Studies / lab research (MEDG 548).  Rotation Program students will be graded after each rotation by their rotation supervisors and receive a combined MEDG 548 grade at the end of their second term.