I just got out of a genetics journal club meeting for the genetics track that I am in. At Baylor, tracks are sort of like mini-minors. They include genetics, geriatrics, international health, research, management, ethics, and care for the underserved. They are completely optional, and simply offer an organized array of resources to utilize and take advantage of if you're interested in the topic. Most of them entail some extra coursework, service, outside meetings, and specific clinical electives. When you graduate I think they might put something on your diploma or something, but the real benefit is in helping you learn about stuff you're interested and helping to get you professional contacts. As you might imagine, if we have a track for it, then BCM is pretty strong in that area. I didn't know this before I came here, but Baylor has an awesome genetics department. If you're interested in genetics, then Baylor is the place to be for a medical student.
Today the journal we talked about was about Thomas Jefferson and an illegitimate child that he fathered with his slave, Sally Hemings. She publicly accused him of fathering her oldest son, Tom. Turns out that through genetic studies of the Y chromosome, we know he didn't father that son, but he did father a different son, Eston. Whoopy.
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