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Residency Program

Clinical Training | Research Opportunities | Eligibility and Selection | Application | Policies | Goals and Objectives | Seminars and Conferences


Mission and Overview

Training is offered through the Medical Genetics Residency Program which is based in the Department of Pediatrics and utilizes the combined clinical genetics services and basic science research and education programs of five Medical School departments. This Program is a Medical Genetics RRC-accredited two-year program providing a minimum of 18 months of clinical experience in Medical Genetics. For program requirements, please visit the ACGME website. The primary goals are Board Certification in Medical Genetics and preparation for a research career in academic genetics. Training leading to Board Certification in Clinical Cytogenetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics or Clinical Molecular Genetics is also offered.

The program focuses on three aspects:

  1. Clinical genetics
  2. The basic sciences of human, molecular, cancer, cytogenetic, biochemical, and population/statistical genetics
  3. Research career development.

The program is under the direction of Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient care activities in Medical Genetics are divided among the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Cytogenetics and Molecular DNA Diagnostic laboratories and training sites are located in the Department of Pathology. Research activities are performed in those departments in addition to the Departments of Human Genetics and Pathology.

For more information regarding the strengths of the Medical Genetics program at U of M, and information about our facilities, please click here.

Clinical Training

The clinical training includes inpatient and outpatient prenatal, pediatric and adult neurogenetic, adult cancer, adult-onset, teratologic, fetal pathologic, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular genetics. Formal genetics course work, seminars, and other didactic sessions augment the clinical training and promote preparation for an academic research career.

For Board Certification requirements see American Board of Medical Genetics.

Research Opportunities

Research time is allotted to pursue clinical or basic science projects and residents are encouraged to apply for external research support (KO8, etc.) during their first or second year of training. The University of Michigan has a long and distinguished tradition in the field of human genetics, and outstanding research opportunities are available through training program faculty.

University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education (GME) Scholars Program

The GME Scholars Program consists of 2 tracks, a Medical Education Track and a Healthcare Administration Track. Interested house officers may choose to participate in one of the scholar program tracks during their training. This innovative program will provide participants with a longitudinal training (a 20-month mini-fellowship) experience in one of the above two areas of concentration. This training will be incorporated into their current GME training program, and is open to all University of Michigan house officers (residents and fellows). The primary goal of the GME Scholars Program is to better prepare graduates to assume and succeed in academic positions with a focus in either medical education or healthcare administration at leading academic medical centers. Additionally, the program will allow participants to establish strong mentoring relationships in their chosen area of study, a network for future collaboration, and might serve as a stepping stone to pursue further graduate study if desired. Program participants will begin to develop the knowledge base and skill set required for them to be successful as the next generation of physician leaders. For additional details, please visit the Web site:

Eligibility and Selection

Individuals with MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree(s) who have completed a minimum of two years in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or Obstetrics and Gynecology who wish to pursue Medical Genetics training are encouraged to apply.

Foreign medical graduates or trainees must possess passing scores on ECFMG exams 1 & 2 and be able to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Michigan. If you would like to be considered a candidate for our program please also forward a copy of your Michigan license if you possess one, and a description of the United States ACGME-accredited residency program you are now in or have completed. The latter should include the name and phone number of the residency program Director.

While all applicants will be evaluated, preference will be given to those interested in academic research in genetics and those with prior research experience. Applications to the Medical Genetics Residency Program should include a completed application form (which can be obtained from our office), three letters of reference, and an updated CV including publications.

NOTE: Applicants who have neither an M.D. nor a D.O. may be considered for Clinical Molecular Genetics or Clinical Cytogenetics certification if they have a Ph.D., provide their own support for the duration of the training, and receive the approval of the Training Program Director and the Clinical Laboratory Director. The University of Michigan does not offer training for Ph.D. Medical Genetics certification.

Please feel free to also visit the American College of Medical Genetics web site.

Medical Genetics Residency Program Application


Medical Genetics Residency Program Policies and Requirements.

Pediatric Medical Genetics complies with the University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education supervision policy.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives for the rotations in the Medical Genetics Residency Program.

Seminars and Conferences

Human Genetics Seminar Series

Clinical Genetics Grand Rounds Schedule