Residency Program

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics offers a 24-month Clinical Genetics Residency Program, providing excellent training in the fundamentals of medical genetics. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and prepares those seeking certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) to obtain the necessary credentials to become board-eligible.

The residency program trains clinical geneticists to diagnose and manage genetic disorders; provide patient and family counseling; apply knowledge of heterogeneity, variability, and natural history of genetic disorders to patient-care; elicit and interpret individual and family medical histories; interpret laboratory testing information; and interact with other health care professionals in the provision of services for patients with genetically influenced disorders.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to use the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) for entry and submit applications through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The ERAS cycle typically opens in July. Interviews are conducted August-October for admission in July of the following year.

The following documents are required:

  • RAS CV
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the training program director
  • Personal statement
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores

ACGME Information:
Program: Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency
Program Number: 1301721015;
Program Director: Clair Francomano, MD

Applicants can direct questions to the program coordinator.

Program Progression

A genetics resident is expected to satisfactorily complete the course work equivalent to the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics. The resident may sit in the courses and pass the examinations or enroll in courses outlined in the IU Graduate School Bulletin, under “Master of Science Degree-Medical & Molecular Genetics” to obtain an MS degree.

All residents in this program are required to enroll in Q580 Basic Human Genetics (3 credits) and G504 Introduction to Research Ethics (2 credits) and pass each course with a grade of B or better. Residents are also expected to engage in either clinical or basic research that results in publication. Each resident should prepare at least one clinical manuscript for publication or contribute scientifically to a basic science research article during the residency program.

The 24-month program curriculum may be modified according to  resident needs and changes in clinical services.

First Year

Rotation NameMed Gen ClinicMed Gen ClinicMed Gen ClinicMed Gen ClinicMed Gen ClinicMed Gen/ VacatiBiochem GeneticsBiochem GeneticsBiochem GeneticsBiochem GeneticsBiochem GeneticsBiochem Genetics
 % Outpatient 90%90%90%90%90%90%80%80%80%80%80%80%
 % In-patient10%10%10%10%10%10%20%20%20%20%20%20%
 % Research0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%

Second Year

Rotation NamePrenatalPrenatal/ LabLabCancerCVCYACCResearch/ VacationResearch ElectiveResearch ElectiveSpecialty clinicsMed GenBiochem
 % Outpatient 90%100%100%99%95%100%0%0%0%100%90%80%
 % In-patient10%0%0%1%5%0%0%0%0%0%10%20%
 % Research0%0%0%0%0%0%100%100%100%0%0%0%

Institution* :

RH – Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University HealthLab – laboratories
UH – Indiana University Health University HospitalMH – Methodist Hospital
IUHN – Indiana University Health North HospitalAHC – RH, UH and MH
CYACC – Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of ChildhoodCV – Cardiovascular Genetics