The Department of Genetics offers a two-year Medical Genetics Residency program to prepare physicians for Board Certification in Medical Genetics. The program is designed to prepare physicians to be independent clinical geneticists, proficient in providing comprehensive medical genetics services, capable of initiating and collaborating in basic and applied research activities, and effective in teaching and communicating their expertise to others. These goals are achieved through in-depth clinical experience with adult and pediatric patients with cytogenetic, biochemical, single-gene and complex multifactorial genetic conditions.

The program consists of 18 months of broad-based, clinically-oriented medical genetics activities including Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism Clinics, the Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism Division Consult Service, the Department of Internal Medicine Genetics Consult Service and breast cancer and GI/general cancer clinics, and the Obstetrics Prenatal Diagnosis clinics. Included also are three months of laboratory rotations in the Cytogenetics Laboratory, the Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory and the Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism Laboratories. Three months of elective time are available for research, manuscript preparation, or rotation on another service to obtain more in-depth training or expertise in a particular organ system or subspecialty area of medicine.

During the two-year residency, residents attend teaching conferences including weekly pre- and post-clinic conference, clinical genetics conference and genetics journal club, and the monthly cytogenetics and molecular genetics seminars. There is also opportunity to attend the perinatal care conference and cancer conference.

A third year, primarily devoted to research, is strongly recommended for all Medical Genetics Residents who will receive assistance in identifying potential funding during the first year of their residency experience.

Candidates may apply for the Medical Genetics Residency after completing two or more years of primary specialty training. Most applicants will have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Obstetrics-Gynecology.

Applicants are encouraged to send a curriculum vita and three letters of recommendation to the address below. Interviews and commitments for positions usually occur 6-18 months prior to the entry date of July 1.

Cynthia M. Powell, MD
Director, Medical Genetics Residency Program
Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB #7487
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-1595  (Phone)
(919) 966-1411  (Fax)