Hillcrest Clinical Leadership Practicum (Baylor-Scott & White Health)

The purpose of the Baylor-Scott & White Health Hillcrest Clinical Leadership Practicum is to provide currently enrolled Baylor University undergraduate PreHealth students with the opportunity to become more involved and familiar with medicine and healthcare in a "hands on" environment within various medical fields in order to obtain the knowledge and skills needed for their academic discipline. These opportunities will also help provide our students with a unique understanding as they apply for graduate programs, professional school and residency programs, and ultimately produce professionals who are well trained for medicine and healthcare. We will begin enrolling students in the program each summer.

Group Photo of Hillcrest staffThe Hillcrest family involves Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, a fully accredited, 236-bed acute care facility in Waco including a Level II Trauma Center and Hillcrest Family Health Center, a network of family medicine clinics and Hillcrest Physician Services, a network of specialty care clinics. Hillcrest is a ministry of Texas Baptists and is one of seven health care institutions affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center is a "community-owned" health care organization; Hillcrest puts all profits back into the local community by providing services such as new cardiology equipment. No individual shareholder or corporation makes any profit. A local board of trustees, made up of community members, serves without pay and manages Hillcrest operations.

If you have any questions about a particular opportunity, please contact Dr. Klausmeyer at  Rizalia_Klausmeyer@baylor.edu. Thank you for your interest in the Baylor-Scott & White Health Hillcrest Clinical Leadership Practicum.

The responsibilities for each internship will be determined between the mentor and the student which will offer reasonable flexibility for both parties. The internship possibilities are as follows:

  1. Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT)
  2. Urology
  3. Emergency Department (ED)
  4. Family Practice
  5. Family Practice/Pediatrics/Other
  6. Family Practice Clinical Research
  7. Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit (NICU)
  8. Southwest Sports Medicine
  9. Total Trauma Care
  10. Internal Medicine/Geriatrics

There are also some additional optional possibilities for interns in this program:

  • Healthcare Industry Speaker Events
  • IRB Training
  • Animal Lab Overview
  • Journal Discussions
  • Focus on Triple Aim: Access, Cost, and Quality

Acceptance to this program will be based on academic achievements, student involvement, and best fit in order to create valuable student/mentor relationships.** Eligible students must have a completed application by the deadline in order to be reviewed for this opportunity. There are no student stipends for this program at this time.


Program Timeline

  • December - Application to the program opens
  • February  - Applications due
  • March - Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled
  • March - Interviews
  • March - Candidates will be selected and notified
  • April - Mandatory orientation for contract students
  • Early May - Selected students will need to complete mandatory paperwork and confirm start date with preceptor
  • May through June - Additional mandatory credentialing process and paperwork
  • June - Summer Internships begins
  • Late July or Early August - Summer Internships conclude
** Students selected to participate in these programs must attend all mandatory meetings and be dedicated to completing the programs from beginning to end. We will NOT make any exceptions for missed meetings or time off. If a selected student is unable to participate in the program as indicated, then the student will be removed from the program immediately. If you cannot participate during a program's timeline, you should not apply to that program.

Prehealth Programs

(254) 710-3659

Mailing Address
One Bear Place #97108
Waco, TX 76798-7108

Office Location
BSB B111