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Genetics in Medicine Scholarly Concentration

Medical genetics is rapidly changing and shaping patient care. Therefore, it is imperative that clinicians understand cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment approaches. This concentration provides a deep-dive into the latest genetic developments and concepts that are transforming the practice of medicine. Students may explore clinical research (including lab diagnostics and gene therapy), clinical case reports with literature reviews, or new areas of interest.


All coursework (except the online Fundamentals of Research and Scholarship course) takes place in Indianapolis. The scholarly project work occurs in Indianapolis.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Medical Genetics concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in medical genetics that is vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

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#Thursdays, 11 a.m.–Noon, weekly

*Available mid-December to mid-February

+Tuesdays, 5–6 p.m., June and July

&One week in July @Meets 5PM 1st Thursday of each month

%IMPRS Summer Program generally acceptable for Scholarly Concentration Project

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests such as case reports, basic research focused on genetic techniques or exploring model of genetic dysfunction. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genetic case reports
  • Synthesis of new genetic data supporting syndrome ID
  • Expanding care to patients who typically do not receive genetic testing
  • Longitudinal care of patient cohorts
  • Case studies of CAR-T and gene therapies in specific genetic conditions
  • Implementing clinical trials in gene therapy
  • Clinical correlation of abnormal metabolite findings
  • Clinical utility of chromosomal microarray analysis in the era of whole genome sequencing and whole exome sequencing
  • Clinical validity of APOL1 in chronic kidney disease progression
  • Cardiovascular genetics
  • Neurogenetics
  • Cancer genetics


Students should reach out to co-directors with any questions about this concentration.

42995-Brady, Daniel

Daniel R. Brady, PhD

Lecturer in Medical & Molecular Genetics

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38876-Wilson, Theodore

Theodore E. Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical & Molecular Genetics

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MD Student News

In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Genetics in Medicine co-directors

In 2019, IU School of Medicine launched Scholarly Concentrations. To help students decide if a concentration topic is the right fit, concentration co-directors shared the inside scoop—from why they got involved in the concentration to how a specific topic can help students reach their goals. Topic: Genetics in Medicine Location: Indianapolis Co-Directors: Dan Brady, PhD, and […]

IU School of Medicine  |  Feb 11, 2019