Training Programs in Clinical Genetics

The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research.

The Division supports Training Programs in Clinical Genetics (ACGME) & in Clinical Biochemical, Clinical Molecular & Clinical Cytogenetics (ABMGG)

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 mental retardation. 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, amniocentesis for prenatal diagnosis, molecular and DNA diagnostics, genetic counseling and teratologic evaluation of abortuses, stillborns and selected neonatal deaths. Teratological evaluations may be submitted by physicians subject to the consent of the parent.

The Medical Genetics Residency Program, which is based in the Department of Pediatrics, utilizes combined clinical genetics services, basic science research, and education programs of five Medical School departments. The primary goals are Board Certification in Medical Genetics and preparation for a research career in academic genetics. Training leading to Board Certification in Clinical Cytogenetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics or Clinical Molecular Genetics is also offered.

Clinical Genetics Residency 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 and basic science research and education programs of six Medical School departments. The primary goals are Board Certification in Medical Genetics and preparation for a research career in academic genetics.

The program focuses on three aspects:
•    Clinical genetics
•    The basic sciences of human, molecular, cancer, cytogenetic, biochemical, and population/statistical genetics
•    Research career development.

The program is under the direction of Catherine Keegan M.D., Ph.D.
Patient care activities in Medical Genetics occur in the Departments of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Fellowship training leading to ABMGG Board Certification in Clinical Biochemical Genetics,Clinical Molecular Genetics or Clinical Cytogenetics is also offered.

Clinical Biochemical Genetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics are based in the Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories (MMGL; http://mmgl.med.umich.edu/) in Pediatrics. Cytogenetics is based in the Department of Pathology. Research activities are performed in those departments in addition to the Departments of Human Genetics and Pathology.

For more information regarding the strengths of the Medical Genetics program at U of M, and information about our facilities, please click here.

Clinical Training

The clinical training includes inpatient and outpatient prenatal, pediatric and adult neurogenetic, adult cancer, adult-onset, teratologic, fetal pathologic, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular genetics. Formal genetics course work, seminars, and other didactic sessions augment the clinical training and promote preparation for an academic research career.
For Board Certification requirements see American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (www.abmgg.org).

Research Opportunities

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. Foreign medical graduates or trainees should seek credentials verification and evaluation by the ABMGG (http://www.abmgg.org)

While all applicants will be evaluated, preference will be given to those interested in academic research in genetics and those with prior research experience. Applications to the Medical Genetics Residency Program should apply through the National Resident Matching Program (http://www.nrmp.org/fellowships/medical-genetics-match/).

NOTE: Applicants who have neither a M.D. nor a D.O. degree may be considered for Clinical Biochemical, Clinical Molecular Genetics or Clinical Cytogenetics 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. The University of Michigan does not offer training for Ph.D. Medical Genetics certification.

Please feel free to also visit the American College of Medical Genetics web site.

Policies

Pediatric Medical Genetics complies with the University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education supervision policy

Seminars and Conferences

Human Genetics Seminar Series
Clinical Genetics Grand Rounds Schedule