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About Medical Genetics Fellowship
Clinical geneticists specialize in medicine that involves the interaction between genes and health. They diagnose, treat, manage and counsel individuals at risk for or affected with genetically influenced conditions. The genetics residents receive an extensive amount of hands-on training with exposure to all areas of genetic medicine including dysmorphology, prenatal diagnosis, genetic screening, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, adult and cancer genetics. In addition, didactic sessions and coursework in basic genetics ensures a strong foundation of genetic knowledge. The trainees become proficient in providing compassionate, appropriate and effective diagnosis, management and treatment for patients and families with genetic disorders.
Applicants must have completed at least two years in another ACGME-accredited residency in order to be enrolled in a Medical Genetics Residency.
Training consists of a two-year residency and, at some programs, can be extended to a third year with an emphasis on research.
At the completion of the training program, the resident would be eligible for certification as a Clinical Geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics.
The Medical Genetics residency program directors have requested that the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conduct a match program. Please refer to the Schedule of Dates for the specific Medical Genetics Match dates.
Specialty Matches conducted by the NRMP do not provide centralized services for the application process. Candidates are required to apply directly to the residency program that interests them.
For more information and statistics on these fellowships, log on to the American Medical Association's interactive online program called Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FREIDA).
Before registering, please review the SMS Match Participation Agreement. By registering with the match and submitting a certified rank order list (ROL), applicants and programs agree to abide by the outcome of the match. Failure to do so is a breach of the Agreement and violators may be subject to penalties under the NRMP's Violations Policy. Both applicants and programs must follow the cardinal rule that neither must ask the other to make a commitment before the submission of ROLs. It is to be expected that one may express a high level of interest in the other; however, it is not acceptable for one to ask the other how one will be ranked.
Any verbal or written contract between an applicant and a program prior to the submission of the ROL is a material violation of the SMS Match Participation Agreement, and violators may be subject to penalties under the NRMP's Violations Policy. The final preference of program directors and applicants as reflected on the submitted ROLs will determine the offering of positions and the placement of applicants.
The Application Process
Candidates must apply to the programs of their choice directly. Program directors review candidates' credentials and, if interested, invite them for interviews. Applicants also are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a fellowship position prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.
Applicants who have not completed prerequisite training in an accredited ACGME program in the U.S., or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
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