The faculty of the Division of Medical Genetics, as well as faculty from other Pediatric Divisions and Departments with expertise in genetics, are experienced educators and committed to providing a high quality, well-rounded educational experience for the medical genetics resident(s). Access to numerous patients requiring genetic services through the UIHC General Medical Genetics clinic, the extensive RGCS program, the Metabolic Genetics Clinic, the Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic, the Neuromuscular Disease clinic, the Craniofacial Clinic, the UIHC Ophthalmologic Genetics Clinic, and an active inpatient consultation service all housed at UIHC, is one of the major strengths of the program.
Our clinical laboratory includes the Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics & Molecular Laboratory. Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics through the UIHC is another major strength of our training program. It is recognized as a top clinical laboratory in the country.
Research opportunities offered by the program are also outstanding, and are available in laboratory facilities including the Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) and Medical Education Research Facility (MERF). Laboratory research is extremely well funded within the Division of Medical Genetics, the Department of Pediatrics, and the College of Medicine as a whole, with major sources of funding including The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The Residency Program in Medical Genetics takes place in an extremely strong research environment. The University of Iowa is a leader in medical genetics research with strong programs including ophthalmologic genetics, genetics of hearing loss, genetics of craniofacial development, genetics of connective tissue disorders, and genetics of complex diseases, Genomics, and Bioinformatics. Clinical research opportunities also include, but would not be limited to, resources such as the IRCID, and other listed registries.
All of these resources at the UIHC will provide an excellent training environment for the resident in our Medical Genetics Residency program.