Medical Genetics in the department of pediatrics

Stanford Medical Genetics Residency Program

Program Overview

Residents in the the Stanford Medical Genetics Program benefit from a unique educational environment. Clinical training occurs primarily at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Residents also rotate through the clinical genetics laboratories at the Stanford Medical Center for experience in biochemical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. A variety of clinical and basic science research opportunities are available to trainees within the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics and in the wider Stanford University School of Medicine community.

Residents also have access to the broad course offerings of the School of Medicine. An especially rich curriculum in the scientific underpinnings of clinical genetics is offered through the M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program. Our two year program is accredited by the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Medical Genetics and prepares our graduates to sit for the Clinical Genetics Board Examination administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). We are able to accept two residents per year.

The residency program seeks to attract physicans of diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing careers in medical genetics.  The residency is open to physicians who have completed at least one year of residency training in another ACGME accredited specialty in the United States or equivalent training in Canada. Residents must be eligible to work in the United States and obtain a California medical license prior to the commencement of training.

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Clinical Curriculum

First year fellows gain experience in the general genetics clinic, metabolic genetics clinic, cleft and craniofacial clinic, neurogenetics clinic and genetic skin diseases clinic. In the second year clinical responsibilites are significantly decreased to allow time for research and professional development.  Second year rotations include cancer genetics clinic, prenatal genetics clinic and the clinical lab rotations in biochemical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Second year residents continue to participate in the general genetics clinic to provide opportunity to see follow-up patients. Residents can also participate in the Down Syndrome Clinic and undertake away electives.

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Residents are encouraged to undertake a mentored research project during their training.  Trainees have co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and have regularly presented their work at regional and national meetings including the David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis and annual meetings of the ASHG, WSPR, and SIMD.  The program is generally able to provide travel support for residents to present work at a national meeting in their second year.

Competitively awarded fellowships administered by the Department of Pediatrics are available to support additional clinical, translational or basic science research training.  Applicants may be interested in the School of Medicine faculty profiles site.

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How to Apply

Applications for training to begin in July 2015 will be accepted via ERAS beginning in July 2014. Promising applicants will be invited to a one day on-site interview to be conducted in the late summer or early fall of 2014. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the program coordinator with any questions.

Materials required for application are:

1. CV

2. Three letters of reference

3. USMLE Scores

4. Copy of medical school transcript

5. A short essay (up to 1 page) describing motivation for training and career goals

Potential applicants are welcome to contact our program year round for information on our program or guidance in the application process.

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Program Contacts

Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD
Program Director
Gregory M. Enns, MB, ChB
Associate Program Director
Joanne Cheung
Program Coordinator
Tel: 650-498-4937


Mailing address

Stanford Medical Genetics Residency Program
300 Pasteur Dr. H-315
Stanford, CA 94305-5208

Email geneticsresidency at stanford dot edu [geneticsresidency]


Additional Information

Resident Benefits

For information on benefits available to residents at the Stanford University Medical Center please see the Graduate Medical Education Website at benefits.

Stanford Area Housing

Information of housing near the medical center is available through the Stanford Community Housing Services site.

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