Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows: Medical Genetics

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Elective Description

The program focuses on clinical and laboratory aspects of the diagnosis of genetic diseases, different methods of treatment, approaches to counseling, and principles of molecular and population genetics. Residents gain practical exposure to clinical genetics through inpatient care and consult service outpatients, with responsibility for presenting the patients at the post-clinic conference.

Each resident who elects the 6-or 8-week elective may participate in a labratory, clinical, bioinformatic, or library research project under staff supervision. Research opportunities are plentiful in the clinical branches of the scientists participating in this program. These research projects offer Residents exceptional experience in current and important areas of investigation in medical genetics. The opportunity to make a presentation, either clinical case or brief research project, is available at the end of the rotation.

The competing demands of clinical responsibilities and research commitments viewed during this elective reflect the pressures that are a constant part of a career in academic medicine. As in that setting, fulfilling one's responsibility to patients is the first priority.

Elective Objectives

  • Basic concepts in human genetics.
  • Recent advances in cytogenetics and biochemical and molecular genetics.
  • Clinical exposure to patients with a variety of genetic diseases.
  • Research experience related to medical genetics.


  • National Human Genome Research Institute
    • Cynthia Tifft, MD PhD
    • Ellen Macnamara, ScM, CGC
    • William Gahl, MD, PhD
    • David Adams, MD, PhD
    • Leslie Biesecker, MD
    • Max Muenke, MD
    • Charles Venditti, MD, PhD
    • Melissa Merideth, MD

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