Medical Genetics Residency

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.


 Cynthia M. Powell, MD

Cindy Powell, MD
Medical Genetics Residency Program Director

Muge Gucsavas Calikoglu, MD, MPH

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

Arti Pandya, MD, MBA

Arti Pandya, MD
Division Chief, Associate Professor

J. Edward Spence, MD

J. Edward Spence, MD

Laurie D. Smith, PhD, MD

Laurie Smith, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD

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

Year 1 Sample Schedule

Rotation Name Pediatric Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology Pediatric Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology Metabolism Metabolism Cancer & Adult Genetics Cancer & Adult Genetics Prenatal Genetics Cytogenetics Lab Molecular Lab

Biochemical Lab

Genetics Elective Research Elective
% Outpatient 80 80 70 70 90 90 100 10 10 30 varies 10
% Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90

 Year 2 Sample Schedule

Rotation Name

Genetics and

Pediatric Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology Metabolism Metabolism Cancer and Adult Genetics Cancer and Adult Genetics Molecular Pathology/Cytogenetics Course Research Research Research Research Research
% Outpatient 80 80 70 70 90 90 10 10 10 10 10 10
% Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90 90 90 90 90

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