Clinical Medical Genetics Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Medical Genetics Residency Program.

The two-year ACGME-accredited program is based in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics. Our goal is to train geneticists who will be able to excel in this new era of genomics as academic physicians or clinical geneticists, offering broad opportunities and experiences. Ample campus-wide research opportunities allow our residents to pursue research interests. Mentoring systems are in place to help the residents identify and excel in these opportunities.

We offer a comprehensive training program that integrates all aspects of the field, including diagnostic workup, therapeutic strategies, counseling and education to train you to feel comfortable with the approach to any patient, prenatal through adulthood. Your training interactions will include work with board-certified geneticists, molecular and cytogeneticists, dieticians, nurses and social workers. Your rotations and time with us will incorporate work with an even broader team to include neurologists, psychologists, oncologists, obstetrics and many others.

Candidates who apply to our program come to us after having completed a residency in another specialty. These individuals are required to complete two years of training in genetics to be eligible for ABMGG certification in clinical genetics. Within the two-year training period, it is expected that six months of research work will be completed.

Clinical Curriculum

During the 18 months of clinical rotations, time is divided between rotations on the inpatient consultation service, outpatient clinics, multidisciplinary clinics and the diagnostic laboratory.

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For more information regarding the program curriculum, please see the links below:

ABMGG Core Lectures and Additional Coursework

Core General Lectures for First-Year Residents 

Required Genetic Conferences

Vanderbilt is leading the field in many areas of genetics. You will have the opportunity to learn and work with these teams as they relate to your interests through electives and research time:

We invite you to learn more about our program and division on this site. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you for taking the time to consider our program.

Best regards,

Rizwan Hamid, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACMG

Rizwan Hamid, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACMG
Director, Division of Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine
Dorothy O. Wells Professor of Pediatrics