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.
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 decision-making; elicit and interpret individual and family medical histories; interpret clinical genetic and specialized laboratory testing information; explain the causes and natural history of genetic disorders and genetic risk assessment; and interact with other health-care professionals in the provision of services for patients with genetically influenced disorders.
The program emphasizes the breadth of medical genetics as a discipline while providing the flexibility to allow residents to develop expertise in teaching, basic research or diagnostic areas of special interest. Those seeking certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) obtain the necessary credentials to become board-eligible in Clinical Medical Genetics as outlined by the ABMG. In addition, the program allows residents an elective option to obtain a Master of Science degree in medical and molecular genetics.
As mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee (RRC) requirements include 18 months of broad-based, clinically oriented medical genetics activities; the equivalent of a one year graduate course in basic human and medical genetics, including population and quantitative genetics, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, and molecular genetics; laboratory rotations that include two continuous weeks each in a biochemical genetic, molecular genetic and a cytogenetic laboratory for a total of six weeks; and care for at least 100 different patients or families per year in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
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. This may be accomplished by sitting in the courses and passing the examinations. Or, the resident may enroll in courses outlined in the IU Graduate School Bulletin, under “Master of Science Degree-Medical & Molecular Genetics” to obtain an MS degree.
All Clinical Genetics residents 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.