Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship

The Harvard Medical School ABMG (American Board of Medical Genetics) fellowship in Clinical Cytogenetics requires participation by trainees for a minimum of 24 months.

One year of the fellowship is dedicated primarily to work in the clinical laboratory. During this period, the fellow participates in rotations that provide experience with all types of specimens processed in the BWH Laboratory. Fellows also are expected to participate in a variety of didactic sessions and seminars and play an active role in new assay validation, as well as assume responsibility for carrying a clinical pager.

Harvard Medical School is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics to provide training in Clinical Cytogenetics. The overall goals of the cytogenetics training program are to:

  • Teach the principles of cytogenetics as applied to diagnostic testing
  • Expose fellows to major techniques used in clinical cytogenetics
  • Provide experience in both conventional cytogenetic and cutting-edge molecular cytogenomic techniques, including both constitutional and cancer microarray testing
  • Teach the major clinical indications for cytogenetic testing and the clinical implications of test results (samples types include peripheral bloods, fibroblasts, amniotic fluids, chorionic villi, hematology-oncology specimens, and solid tumors)
  • Allow fellows to become familiar with constitutional cytogenetic syndromes, principles of prenatal cytogenetic diagnosis, and cancer cytogenetics
  • Help fellows develop communication skills necessary for interaction with other healthcare professionals as well as patients
  • Convey an appreciation of issues in quality assurance necessary to management of a diagnostic laboratory
  • Convey a range of ethical issues involved in the practice of clinical cytogenetics

Requirements

A two-year fellowship in Clinical Genetics is offered through the Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program. Specific requirements are described at the ABMG.

The Harvard program accepts one fellow every other year. See the program website for details.

Applications

Additional information about fellowship positions, application form and the application process should be addressed to:

Amy McGlinn
Program Coordinator
Harvard Medical School - Partners HealthCare
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Rm 250
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.525.4483
Fax: 617.525.4488
Email: amcglinn@partners.org

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