Human Genetics
National Institutes of Health - Research Triangle Park, NC

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Human Genetics

Joan C. Marini, MD, PhD
Entry Id: TP-61

Eligibility Criteria
Residents certified or board eligible in pediatrics or internal medicine are eligible to apply. Residents trained in pathology or ob/gyn will also be considered. For US citizens and permanent residents, a valid US license is required. For foreign medical graduates, applicants must have passed ECFMG Parts I and II as well as TOEFL and the new USLME Clinical Skills Assessment.

Overview of the Program
Clinical Fellow positions are available in the Heritable Disorders Branch (HDB), NICHD, NIH. The HDB conducts both basic and clinical research on a variety of human genetic disorders. A number of investigators are engaged in gene therapy approaches to their disorders of interest. Clinically, the emphasis is on inborn errors of metabolism and connective tissue disorders. The position involves at least six months of primary management of pediatric patients participating in clinical genetics protocols. Clinical/laboratory research time is available. Fellows conduct their laboratory research in one of the Sections of the Branch. Training to qualify for Clinical Genetics Boards is available through the InterInstitute Genetics Training Program. The usual training program is 2-3 years, but can be extended up to 5 years.

Structure of the Clinical Training Program
The majority of the clinical service months are confined to the 1st and 2nd year of training, and occur on the 9W Ward of the NIH Clinical Center. For fellows who also participate in the InterInstitute Genetics Training Program, the first 15 months of fellowship are dominated by clinical activities.

Patients are admitted to the clinical service of the Branch to participate in IRB approved research protocols. Currently, patients with cystinosis, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, alkaptonuria, osteogenesis imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Chediak-Higashi syndrome, SLO syndrome and infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (INCL) are engaged in active investigations.

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