Education and Training

Medical Genetics Residency

The two year ACGME-accredited graduate medical education program in Clinical Genetics and Genomics at the University of Pittsburgh provides the formal instruction and appropriately supervised clinical experience necessary for residents to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of clinical medical genetics. This program is for physicians (MD, DO, MD/PhD) who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in another specialty, and who can obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Fellowships

The Division of Medical Genetics hosts several fellowships for those interested in expanding clinical opportunities into the field of Clinical Genetics. Programs include the Medical Genetics and Genomics Fellowship and the Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship.

The Medical Genetics and Genomics Fellowship is a two year program that includes at least 18 months of extensive, clinically oriented medical genetics activities. The overall goal of the program is to provide highly motivated physicians with a broad exposure to clinical, laboratory, and research experiences to prepare them to become effective, independent medical geneticists who deliver an excellent standard of clinical genetic services and undertake research investigations to improve the understanding and management of genetic diseases.

The Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship is a one year follow-up training program to the Medical Genetics Residency. Fellows will spend the majority of time focused on the diagnosis and management of patients with inborn errors of metabolism in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The fellowship also includes a basic science or clinical research project with a research mentor. Completion of this program provides ABMG (American Board of Medical Genetics) board-eligibility for certification in Medical Biochemical Genetics.

Conferences

Annual Pitt Genetics Retreat

This is a once a year, full day conference open to all those involved in genetics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics. This conference focuses on research-oriented and clinical-based talks from various attendees, as well as panel discussions and poster presentations. The goal of this retreat is to offer an opportunity for collaboration between all  three of our institutional sites as well as familiarization with each other’s work in order to develop a closer working relationship. 

General and Metabolic Case Conferences

Meetings held once per week, where providers and genetic counselors present informative, complex, or thought-provoking inpatient and outpatient cases to the division. These meetings allow for collaboration amongst genetics providers for both educational purposes and to improve patient care and management. Attendees include a range of individuals such as attending physicians, genetic counselors, residents and fellows, research staff, dietitians, registered nurses, laboratory staff and more.