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Educational Opportunities

The Division of Genetics is actively involved in the education of medical students, graduate students, residents, and healthcare professionals. During their first year, medical students take six genetic lectures and a workshop as part of their biochemistry course, covering topics like inborn errors of metabolism, mechanisms of genetic disease, pedigree analysis, and population genetics.  In their pathology course, second-year medical students have a six-lecture series that delves into specific disease states, like cancer and mitochondrial disorders, and provides more thorough instruction on the application of genetics in prenatal, pediatric, and adult care. Their genetics education continues as a third-year medical student when they rotate through pediatrics and participate in an interactive lecture focused on clinical applicability. Third- and fourth-year medical students, as well as pediatric residents, have the opportunity to take a genetics elective, which is an opportunity to learn more about clinics and our patient population.

Our clinicians also provide educational outreach to the general public, high schools and undergraduate institutions. We are proud to have engagement on the national level with previous speaking engagements at the annual education conferences for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Medical Genetics, the American Society for Human Genetics, and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.