Electives

UICH/UIHC Neuromuscular Clinic

The multi-disciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic is held on Tuesdays in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic at UIHC. This clinic is staffed by Katherine Mathews, MD, and Christina Trout, RN, MSN. A physical therapist also attends the clinic. Dr. Mathews is the director of the Division of Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics, and completed a genetics fellowship following her child neurology training. Ms. Trout has a Master’s degree in nursing, with special expertise in genetics and genetic counseling. Approximately 8-10 patients are seen in an average half-day clinic. Patients are a mixture of new and returns, and approximately 1/3 of the patients are adults. The majority of the patients have some form of muscular dystrophy, inherited neuropathy or myopathy, ataxia, or other disorder of the neuromuscular system.

Duration: One month rotation

UIHC Prenatal Clinics Rotation

The Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Unit is active Monday-Friday in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Prenatal diagnosis is carried out in the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Unit. This clinic is staffed by maternal-fetal specialists, clinical geneticists or both. A genetic counselor, nurse genetic counselor, and other nurses also staff the clinic. The unit is under the direction and staffed by board certified physicians in both Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. In addition, specially trained sonographers are involved in all ultrasounds. Over 5,000 obstetric ultrasounds are performed each year. In addition, over 500 amniocentesis and over 75 CVS are performed each year.

The Residents will be instructed in the detection, diagnosis, management and counseling of parents and families where there was prenatal ascertainment of a congenital malformation or a diagnosis of a known Mendelian or chromosome abnormality. Patients with abnormal serum screening results are often seen in these clinics as well.

Duration: One month rotation

UIHC Craniofacial Clinic - Elective

The Craniofacial Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic with Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Pediatric Neurosurgery to provide diagnostic evaluations, ongoing care and genetic counseling for pediatric patients with craniofacial disorders, including cleft lip and cleft palate, craniosynostosis syndromes. Dr. Jeff Murray is board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical /Molecular Genetics and staffs these clinics.

Duration: One month rotation

UIHC Hereditary Hearing Loss Clinic - Elective

The Hereditary Hearing Loss Clinic is coordinated through the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. This clinic provides diagnostic evaluations, ongoing care and genetic counseling for pediatric patients with hereditary deafness, including autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive nonsyndromic types of deafness, as well as various syndromic forms of deafness. Dr. Richard Smith began this clinic because of his clinical and research interest in hereditary deafness. The clinic is a national referral center for hereditary deafness, with referrals coming from both local and distant states.

Duration: Two-month rotations; Mondays only

UIHC Retina Clinic/Inherited Eye Disease Clinic - Elective

The retina clinic is a full day clinic that meets each Tuesday in the Department of Ophthalmology. This clinic is staffed by Edwin Stone, MD, PhD. There are an average of 30 patients scheduled for clinic. The typical types of disorders seen in this clinic include: inherited eye diseases, diabetes mellitus, age related macular degeneration, as well as various infections/inflammatory retinal disorders. The retina clinic is an integral component of the Center for Macular Degeneration that also encompasses treatment/medical and surgical therapy, low vision rehabilitation and counseling, molecular and cellular biology and numerous research initiatives.

Duration: One-month rotation

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