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Program Coordinator

  • (415) 476-2981
  • UCSF ABMG Fellowship Program
  • Division of Medical Genetics
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • 533 Parnassus Avenue
  • Room U585, Box 0748
  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0748

The goal of a laboratory fellowship program is to train individuals with a doctoral degree (M.D., D.O. and/or Ph.D.) to perform and interpret genetic laboratory analyses relevant to the diagnosis and management of human genetic diseases. ABMG requires a minimum of two-year training in the first subspecialty and a minimum of one additional year training for subsequent subspecialty. For certification requirements and eligibility, see American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).

At the end of our fellowship, you will be prepared to direct a diagnostic laboratory and to act as a consultant regarding laboratory diagnosis for a range of disorders. Training includes didactic sessions, clinical conferences, laboratory bench work, clinical case sign out, communication of results to patients, test development projects, and research. The training includes varying amounts of all aspects of medical genetics (i.e. clinical genetics, genetic counseling, biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics). Each fellow must build up a logbook with at least 150 clinical cases that he/she makes at least 50% of contribution to the completion for each of them.

If you are an MD who is interested in non-laboratory based training, click here for information about the Medical Genetics Residency/Fellowship Program at UCSF. Note: If you are interesting in applying to the Medical Genetics Residency Program you must apply through ERAS.

The application period is currently open for a Biochemical position only- position can begin as early as July 1, 2014. Please note: this application period is off-cycle from our regular ABMG Laboratory Fellowship application process for this position only. We will not be accepting applications for the Cytogenetics and Molecular Fellowships for the 2015-2016 appointment year at this time.

The one-year Program, certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics, is an excellent opportunity for a Clinical Genetics Fellow or Resident who wishes to seek further subspecialty training in Clinical Biochemical Genetics. Preference is given to applicants with the MD or MD/PhD degree. The Fellow will gain incremental independence in the provision of inpatient and outpatient diagnosis and management of patients with heritable metabolic disorders, at UCSF. Training in the methodologies, analysis, and interpretation of biochemical genetics diagnostic tests is provided at the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Stanford University. The Fellow is responsible for the teaching and supervision of Clinical Genetics residents and Genetic Counseling students, and will coordinate conference series in the Division of Medical Genetics, as well as jointly with the Division of Pediatric Neurology. There is ample opportunity to conduct research during the training year. After the one year of training, the Fellow is eligible to sit for the Clinical Biochemical Genetics Board examination given by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

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