The first 2 months will be designated as orientation months during which the residents will be oriented to clinical and research aspects of our program. During this period, the resident will attend Genetics clinics, and inpatient consults. Six (6) months will be spent on clinical rotations, including General Genetics clinic, Metabolic Genetics clinic, Prenatal Genetics clinic, Connective Tissue Disorders clinic, Neuromuscular Genetics Clinic, and inpatient consults. The resident’s choice of clinics may vary during the week depending on other scheduled activities, such as didactic basic science lectures, but will include a total of 1-2 half day clinics per week, and a total of 3 months of inpatient consultation service, 3 months of Metabolic Genetics clinics, 1 month of Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic, 1 month Neuromuscular Genetics Clinic, and 6 months of General Genetics clinics.
Each resident will spend three 1-month rotations in each of the clinical diagnostic laboratories, including: Cytogenetics, Molecular, and Biochemical/ Newborn Screening Laboratory. During each 1 month rotation, the resident will attend the scheduled Genetics Division conferences, and attend 2-3 half-day Genetic clinics.
First-year residents will also be encouraged to spend 3-5 one or two-week periods in a funded laboratory or clinical research setting of their interest to choose a research mentor. The resident will have 3 months in the first year for elective clinical or laboratory-based research time.
The resident will be required to take at least 1 year of a graduate level basic human genetics course, but will have the opportunity to enroll in other courses during the 2 year fellowship as well. The residents will be required to take the following courses, which are graduate level, during the 2 year residency program, if they have not taken them previously: Human Molecular Genetics (127:191:001), 3 graduate semester hours (This represents a basic human and medical genetics course offered as part of the Interdepartmental Genetics PhD program); Introduction to Biostatistics; and Epidemiology I: Introduction (173:140). Each of these courses will be taken by the resident for credit and a grade. The resident must pass these courses. The resident will also be encouraged to attend the M1 Medical Genetics course in the fall, as well as participate in the Small Group Sessions as a small group leader with a faculty and genetic counselor.
Each trainee will be expected attend at least 80% of the weekly or monthly clinical and research conferences sponsored by the Division of Medical Genetics. In addition, the trainee will be expected to participate in the Department of Pediatrics Fellows Core Curriculum, which occurs weekly for 1 hour. Each trainee will also be expected to complete a basic science or clinical research project under the supervision of a faculty member that would be suitable for publication, and attend at least one national genetics meeting per year, such as the ASHG or ACMG annual meetings.
The resident will have 3 weeks of paid vacation time.