Department of OBGYN

Medical Genetics Residency

Fellowship Overview:

The 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. Residents are offered robust opportunities 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.

The program provides 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. We are currently approved to accept four residents, in a 24-month program.

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.

Our specific goals are:

  • 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 become well-versed in the various approaches to clinical and laboratory evaluation, management, and counseling
  • Present trainees the access to models and the best current knowledge of genetics as it applies to medicine by engaging a range and diversity of senior physicians and geneticists and consulting laboratory geneticists with experience in the total range of medical genetics
  • Facilitate 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
  • Provide a formal classroom instruction in genetics and counseling through courses of graduate school quality, seminars, journal clubs, and other educational modalities.

Application Process:

Candidates are required to have two years of U.S. Accredited residency and hold or be eligible for a medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

All applicants must apply through ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service).

For more information, please contact:

Brianna Karp, Medical Genetics Fellowship Coordinator
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rangos Research Building, 5th Floor
Phone:  412-692-7775