Training Summary by Year

To see the goals and objectives of these rotations, please view the Goals and Objectives page. Please see the Medical Genetics Resident Handbook for overview, policies and rotation schedules. Schedules for the Combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics 4 year training program are available.  

Year 1

In the first year of training, typical activity includes rotations in Pediatric Genetics, along with Pediatric Biochemical Genetics, Internal Medicine Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Cancer Genetics. Trainees usually spend some time in the Cytogenetics, Molecular, and/or Biochemical Lab Rotations and the Outreach Clinics as well.   During the first year or the second year, lab rotations within Biochemical Genetics, Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics are arranged. These are, at most, one-month rotations where residents are expected to learn the specifics of testing within these diagnostic domains. A syllabus for each rotation is provided. Active participation is expected. Outreach clinics are a unique opportunity to evaluate and manage genetics patients in an outpatient setting in Marquette  or Traverse City, Michigan. Through a contract, the State of Michigan supports the efforts of physicians and genetic counselors at these clinics. All residents are required to attend these clinics during the first year of their residency. The second year is optional, but is encouraged.

Year 2

In the second year of training, Outreach Clinics are optional, while the areas of focus during the first six months include Prenatal Genetics and Adult Neurogenetics. During the last six months of training, optional Outreach Clinics may be continued, while the trainee selects one of three paths of training. These paths include research, clinical service with a research component, or Clinical Laboratory focus in either Biochemical genetic, Molecular genetics, or Cytogenetic research.

General Training Information

Each resident will rotate on numerous services within the Medical Genetics Residency Program (see Resident Handbook –hyperlink to Handbook). This includes Pediatric Genetics and Biochemical Genetics (which are in the same division), Medical Genetics (the Adult Genetics Clinic), Cancer Genetics Clinic, Prenatal Genetics, and Adult Neurogenetics. These are the required rotations. Additional rotations can be arranged with the approval of the Program Director. You are required to take a minimum of 12 months of Pediatric Genetics. You may opt to take more Adult Genetics or to extend other rotations. The services have been arranged to maximize the clinical experience and to minimize overlap with other resident participation in those clinics. You are expected to participate in the full spectrum of service requirements for those clinics including pre-clinic rounds, clinic and post-clinic rounds, inpatient and outpatient consultations, and seminars. Didactic coursework is also required.  

Seminars and Conferences

Residents have opportunities to attend a large number of conferences based on their interests. These are encouraged and there is plenty of time for this kind of educational experience. During the first year, Medical Genetics residents are required to attend the Human Genetics basic science courses taught to the graduate students HG541 and HG 542. The second year courses, HG803 and HG804, which emphasize contemporary methods and their application to specific problems such as transgenic experiments, bioinformatics, gene expression, microarrays and other high throughput expression monitoring, cancer genetics and other methods are optional. Given the rapid pace of genetic research your participation in these courses is encouraged. Please check with Karen Grahl in the Department of Human Genetics who coordinates HG 541/542 and HG 803/804 for a course syllabus (; 4-5490).


Vacation is to be arranged with the person in charge of the service you are on at the time and in consultation with the Program Director. The House Officer agreement with the University provides for 28 days vacation per year, and the Medical Genetics Residency Program provides an additional 2 weeks for scientific or clinical genetics meetings.


The following faculty are responsible for the rotations on the respective services.

Pediatric and Biochemical Genetics Jeffrey W. Innis, M.D., Ph.D Pager 3327 764-0579  
Medical Genetics Shane Quinonez, M.D. Pager 16344615-1203

Cancer Genetics Clinic Elena Stoffel, M.D. Pager 14617 763-2532
Prenatal Genetics Marjorie Treadwell, M.D. Pager 15676 764-1406

Adult Neurogenetics John Fink, M.D. Pager 3129 936-3087
Biochemical Genetics Ayesha Ahmad, M.D./Shane Quinonez, M.D. Pager:15797/16344 764-0579   Jess G. Thoene, M.D. 764-0579

Cytogenetics Diane Roulston, Ph.D. pager 30154 763-5804
Molecular Genetics Marwan Tayeh, Ph.D. 615-2028

Pediatric Genetics Outreach Clinics Coordinator: Jane Schuette, M.S. pager 7813 764-0579, 936-7950  
Marquette Jeffrey Innis, M.D., Ph.D. Pager 3327 764-0579

Traverse City Jeffrey Innis, M.D., Ph.D Pager 3327 764-0579
Gaylord Jeffrey Innis, M.D., Ph.D Pager 3327 764-0579