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School of Medicine

Genetics and Genomics Pathway

Master
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Advances in medical genetics, molecular biology, and biomedical technology have applications to the treatment of disease, determination of disease risk, use of pharmacologic agents, reproductive counseling and interpretation of clinical laboratory data. In addition, ethical and public policy concerns related to the application of these technologies to promote health and wellness have emerged.

The goals of the Genetics and Genomics Pathway are to:

  • Build upon the foundation of basic genetic principles provided in the pre-clerkship curriculum with additional educational experiences in medical genetics
  • Enhance the medical student experience to include a broad range of patients with genetic conditions
  • Develop the student's appreciation for the nuances inherent in performing and interpreting clinical diagnostic analyses in biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, and cytogenetics
  • Provide an interface with the community and patient advocacy organizations to enhance the student's awareness of the social concerns faced by patients and families affected with genetic disorders
  • Prepare students to author a scholarly publication and/or presentation
  • Provide students a means to network and discuss various topics and career paths in medical genetics
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Required Elements

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Years 1 and 2:

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1. Fall I Core Concepts Medical School Course

2. Fall II Genetics Module Medical School Course

3. Department of Molecular and Human Genetics Case-based Conferences (Monday Noon CME, Monday 1 p.m. Adult Case Conference; Thursday 4 p.m. Post-Clinic Conference, Friday Noon Rounds; attend 6 per year; http://calendar.bcm.edu/CalendarNOW.aspx)

4. Genetics and Genomics Pathway Curriculum (GTC) Journal Club Pre-Clerkship Elective (attend at 8 1-hour meetings; one course credit awarded)

5. Key Advances in Genetics Online Course (BCM Center for Educational Outreach, http://www.bioedonline.org/online-courses/bench-to-blackboard/key-advances-in-genetics/)

6. Evenings with Genetics Seminar Series (attend 2 per year - http://www.bcm.edu/eveninggenetics/)

7. Pathway Director Semi-Annual Meeting

8. Starting in Year 2: Develop/Implement a Scholarly Project

9. Starting in Year 2: Faculty Mentor/Advisor Quarterly Meeting

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Years 3 and 4:

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1. Department of Molecular and Human Genetics Case-based Conferences (Monday Noon CME, Monday 1 p.m. Adult Case Conference; Thursday 4 p.m. Post-Clinic Conference, Friday Noon Rounds; attend 6 per year; http://calendar.bcm.edu/CalendarNOW.aspx)

2. Human Subjects Research Training Online Course (BCM Office of Research, https://brain.bcm.edu/brainlogin.asp)

3. Evenings with Genetics Seminar Series (attend 2 per year -http://www.bcm.edu/eveninggenetics/)

4. Pathway Director Semi-Annual Meeting

5. Continue/Complete Scholarly Project

6. Faculty Mentor/Advisor Quarterly Meeting

7. Clinical Genetics Electives/Selectives (6 weeks total required)

8. Clinical Genetics Laboratory Selective (2-week Selective at the Medical Genetics Laboratories, McGovern Campus)

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Optional Activities

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Students are encouraged but not required to participate in the following activities:

1. GTC Mediaomics Series: Book Group/Genetics in Film

2. American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) or American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting

* Adult Genetics S/Elective includes experiences in General Adult and Cancer Genetics Clinics and participating with the Genetics Team on inpatient consults

Pediatric Genetics S/Elective includes experiences in General Pediatric, Metabolic and Skeletal Dysplasia Genetics Clinics and participating with the Genetics Team on inpatient consults

Prenatal Genetics S/Elective includes experiences in the Prenatal Genetics Clinic

All Clinical S/Electives include attending residency education conferences, case conferences, and post-clinic conference

Medical Genetics Laboratory Selective, exclusive to the Genetics and Genomics Pathway, this selective includes experiences in the Biochemical, Cytogenetic and Molecular divisions of the Medical Genetics Laboratories, genetic counseling, and attending sign-out rounds, case discussion conferences, and the Thursday 4 p.m. post-clinic conference