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Laboratory Genetics and Genomics

The Harvard Medical School ABMGG (American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics) fellowship is ACGME-accredited and requires a minimum of 24 months to complete.

The fellowship integrates training in both clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics into a single primary specialty. Fellows spend dedicated time on both constitutional and somatic genetics while rotating through a variety of Harvard-affiliated laboratories. 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.

The overall goals of the LGG Fellowship include:

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


An LGG Fellowship is offered through BWH Pathology. Specific training requirements are described here.

The program has filled for the 2022-2024 cycle. For additional questions, please contact Amanda Nichols (


Applications for the next academic year will open no sooner than July 2023.

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

Department of PathologyBrigham and Women’s Hospital75 Francis StreetBoston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 732-4699Fax: (617) 278-6934Email:


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