Mission & Overview
The Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine provides service in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of birth defects, structural abnormalities, inherited diseases, chromosomal abnormalities and intellectual disability. Pediatric genetics also cares for children with biochemical genetic disorders, inborn errors of metabolism, and metabolic defects. Services include an evaluation to identify genetic diseases, chromosomal analysis, molecular and DNA diagnostics, and genetic counseling.
The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows.”
Medical Genetics Residency Program
Clinical Genetics training is offered through the 2 year Medical Genetics Residency Program or the Combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics 4 year program. Both training programs are ACGME-accredited and are based in the Department of Pediatrics. Each program utilizes the combined clinical genetics services, basic science research and education programs of six Medical School departments. The primary goals are Board Certification in Medical Genetics and preparation for an academic career in medical genetics. The program is under the direction of Catherine Keegan M.D., Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Program Coordinator is Cindy Dreffs email@example.com 734-763-6767.
The program focuses on three aspects:
• Clinical genetics training
• The basic sciences of human, molecular, cancer, cytogenetic, biochemical, and population/statistical genetics
• Research career development.
Patient care activities in Medical Genetics occur in the Departments of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The clinical training includes inpatient and outpatient prenatal, pediatric and adult neurogenetic, adult cancer, adult-onset, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular genetics. Formal genetics course work, seminars, and other didactic sessions augment the clinical training and promote preparation for an academic career.
For Board Certification requirements see American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics www.abmgg.org.
Research time is allotted to pursue clinical or basic science projects and residents are encouraged to apply for external research support (KO8, etc.) during their first or second year of training. The University of Michigan has a long and distinguished tradition in the field of human genetics, and outstanding research opportunities are available through training program faculty.
Eligibility and Selection
For the 2-year Medical Genetics residency, individuals with MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree(s) who have completed a minimum of two years in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or Obstetrics and Gynecology who wish to pursue Medical Genetics training are encouraged to apply. For applicants to the 4-year Combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics Training Program, please see Application Requirements for the Pediatrics Residency Program. International medical graduates or trainees applying to either the 2-year or 4-year program should seek credentials verification and evaluation by the ABMGG. While prior research experience is encouraged, it is not required to be considered for the training program. Applications to the Medical Genetics Residency Program must be submitted through the National Resident Matching Program ERAS system.
Medical Genetics Fellowship Programs
Medical Biochemical Genetics
Fellowship training leading to ABMGG Board Certification in Medical Biochemical Genetics is currently offered. The one-year training program is ACGME-accredited. The educational experience includes clinical care of patients with inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs), clinical laboratory training in the MMGL Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, and didactic teaching in Biochemical Genetics. Fellows will rotate between inpatient and outpatient settings and will spend one month in the Biochemical Genetics laboratory, which includes at least a one-week rotation in the State of Michigan (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) Newborn Screening Lab. They will learn both acute and chronic management of patients with a broad range of IEMs, including enzyme replacement therapies and organ transplantation. They will be involved in Newborn Screening follow-up of patients with metabolic disorders.
Applications will be accepted in July for the position beginning the following year. The application deadline is August 31. Application materials should include the following:
- Current curriculum vitae
- Personal statement describing why you wish to pursue training in Medical Biochemical Genetics
- USMLE scores (Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS, Step 3)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from Medical Genetics Residency Program Director)
Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Fellowship training leading to ABMGG Board Certification in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics is also offered. We are currently transitioning the Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Program to ACGME accreditation.
The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Program is based in the Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories in Pediatrics. Research activities are performed in the Departments of Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Pathology. The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Program is under the direction of Jeffrey Innis, M.D., Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not accepting applicants starting this July, but we will be recruiting for the July 2021 start date.
Applicants who have neither a M.D. nor a D.O. degree may be considered for Laboratory Genetics and Genomics training if they have a Ph.D., provide their own support for the duration of the training, and receive the approval of the Training Program Director and the Clinical Laboratory Director. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Innis, the LGG Program Director, for more information if interested. The University of Michigan does not offer training for Ph.D. Medical Genetics certification.
Please feel free to also visit the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics website.
The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research.
Pediatric Medical Genetics complies with the University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education supervision policy.