Center for Clinical Genetics
Medical Genetics Residency Program
The Medical Genetics Residency Program ACGME-accredited graduate medical education program in medical genetics at the University of Pittsburgh provides the formal instruction and appropriately supervised clinical experience necessary for residents to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of clinical medical genetics. We provide opportunities for residents to become involved in research and teaching and education in the basic sciences and clinical areas pertinent to medical genetics, including Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism, molecular diagnosis, syndrome identification and dysmorphology, teratology, reproductive genetics, congenital malformations, multifactorial disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, genetic screening, social and ethical issues in medical genetics, genetic counseling, and quantitative human genetics.
We provide two years of graduate medical education to physicians (MD, DO, MD/PhD) who have completed an entire ACGME-accredited residency in another specialty, and who can obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 24 months of medical genetics education includes at least 18 months of broad-based, clinically oriented medical genetics activities.
The ACGME has approved the program for four residents, in a 24-month program, based on the number, qualifications, and commitment of the teaching staff, the volume and variety of genetics patients available for educational purposes, and the program facilities, finances, and organization.
The overall goal of the program is to provide highly motivated physicians with a broad exposure to clinical, laboratory, and research experiences to prepare them to become effective, independent medical geneticists who deliver an excellent standard of clinical genetic services and undertake research investigations to improve the understanding and management of genetic diseases.
The specific goals of the program are:
- to provide clinical experience with a wide range of numbers, types, and ages of patients and families with, or suspected of having, diseases of familial, genetic, hereditary, or congenital origins, so that trainees learn the various approaches to clinical and laboratory evaluation, management, and counseling;
- to provide a range and diversity of senior physicians and geneticists and consulting laboratory geneticists with experience in the total range of medical genetics, so that the trainees will have access to models and the best current knowledge of genetics as it applies to medicine;
- to provide a broad range of clinical, counseling, and laboratory research opportunities, so that trainees can sample many areas of medical genetics and immerse themselves with a productive focus in one; and,
- to provide formal classroom instruction in genetics and counseling through courses of graduate school quality, seminars, journal clubs, and other educational modalities.
Relevant information can also be found at:
- ACGME-Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- ABMGG – American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
- ACMG – American College Medical Genetics