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.

Medical Genetics Residency

Year 1 Schedule
Rotation NamePediatric Clinical Genetics and DysmorphologyPediatric Clinical Genetics and DysmorphologyMetabolismMetabolismCancer and Adult GeneticsCancer and Adult GeneticsPrenatal GeneticsCytogenetics LabMolecular LabBiochemical LabGenetics ElectiveResearch Elective
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Year 2 Schedule

Rotation Name
Pediatric Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology
Pediatric Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology
MetabolismCancer and Adult GeneticsCancer and Adult GeneticsMolecular Pathology/CytogeneticsResearch
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RESEARCH OR CLINICAL ELECTIVES: Research month during first year is to allow resident time to identify an area of interest and make preparations for 5 months of research in second year.


Cindy Powell, MD
Medical Genetics Residency
Program Director

J. Edward Spence, MD


Muge Calikoglu, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Genetics Residency
Associate Program Director

Laurie Smith, MD, PhD
Associate Professor


Arti Pandya, MD
Division Chief, Associate Professor

Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD



Didactic Learning and Conferences

  • Weekly Pediatric Genetic and Metabolism Patient Conference
  • Weekly Journal Club – Current Topics in Medical and Human¬†Genetics
  • Weekly Medical Genetics Conference
  • Molecular Case Conference
  • Perinatal Conference
  • Four Week Molecular and Cytogenetics Course


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.

The Medical Genetics Residency program will accept applications through ERAS. Interviews and commitments for positions usually occur 6-18 months prior to the entry date of July 1.


Medical Genetics Residency Program Director
Phone: 919-966-4202

Medical Genetics Residency Associate Director
Phone: 919-966-4202

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-843-1909

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-843-9944


Pete Leahy, MD

Natario Couser, MD