Graduate Medical Education (GME): Medical Biochemical Genetics
Medical Biochemical Genetics Residency Program
William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Entry Id: TP- 804
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) offers a one-year residency program in Medical Biochemical Genetics that trains highly motivated physicians to diagnose, manage and counsel patients with metabolic genetic disorders.
The NHGRI program is unparalleled in several respects. It exposes students to rare genetic disorders that might not be seen in a more typical biochemical genetics program; it is one of the few programs that emphasizes clinical research, and it grants access to the vast resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at other, highly ranked medical institutions in the national capital area.
The NIH sponsor of the program is the National Human Genome Research Institute. Other participating institutions include Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Md.
Candidates must have an M.D. degree and have completed an ACGME accredited U.S. residency training program in clinical genetics, be board eligible or board certified in clinical genetics and have a valid, unrestricted U.S. license.
Structure of the Clinical Training Program
Three months of rotations will be at the NIH, three months at Children's National Medical Center [ disclaimer ], one month in a biochemical genetics laboratory, two weeks at the Maryland Newborn Screening Laboratory, one month of clinical research at NIH and three and a half months of clinical electives at either NIH, CNMC, University of Maryland specialty clinics, or Kennedy-Krieger Institute [ disclaimer ].
Although this is a one-year program, most candidates will want to spend 2 to 3 years acquiring skills in the care and clinical research of patients with metabolic disorders.
Metropolitan Area Genetics Rotations
Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) (required): During this rotation fellows have both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. They function as genetics consultants for CNMC patients and are involved in the medical management of patients with metabolic disorders. They diagnose, manage and counsel outpatients and participate in the metabolic specialty clinic weekly.
Maryland Newborn Screening Laboratory (required): This rotation will introduce the fellow to the state NBS testing and techniques, as well as many nutritional management protocols for newly diagnosed infants with metabolic disorders. Counseling skills will be improved by teaching referring physicians and parents about positive test results and dietary therapies.
Program Faculty and Research Interests
- William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D. : Inborn Errors of Metabolism, cystinosis, alkaptonuria, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome
- Cynthia J. Tifft, M.D., Ph.D .: Natural history of neurofibromatosis, type I, cleft lip and palate disorders, Tay-Sachs
- David Adams, M.D. PhD.D.: Oculocutaneous albinism, sialic aciddisorders, metabolic diseases
- Meral Gunay-Aygun, M.D. Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, ciliopathies, metabolic diseases
- Carol Greene, M.D.: Organic acidoses
- Uta Lichter-Konecki, M.D., Ph.D.: Phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Thomas Markello, M.D., Ph.D.: Metabolic disorders, pulmonary fibrosis
- Susan Panny, M.D.: Director, Maryland Newborn Screening Laboratory
- Ellen Sidransky, M.D. : Gaucher disease, Lysosomal storage diseases
- Wendy Introne, M.D.: Alkaptonuria
- Mendel Tuchman, M.D., Ph.D.: Urea cycle defects, biochemical diagnostics
- Charles Venditti, M.D., Ph.D.: Methylmalonic acidemias
- Dina Zand, M.D.: Metabolic disorders
The quickest and easiest way to find out more about this training program or to apply for consideration is to do it electronically.
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