The Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology Training Program represents a collaboration of the major Harvard teaching hospitals. The overall goals of this one-year accredited training program are:
Provide extensive training in molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics, including inherited genetic disorders, disorders of human development, infectious disease, neoplasia, and identity testing
Provide training in the performance and interpretation of molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical laboratory tests To gain real world experience with innovative and cutting edge technologies in molecular pathology.
Provide training as a medical consultant in Molecular Genetic Pathology to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and care of patients
Provide training and direct exposure to laboratory management, quality assurance, troubleshooting of molecular tests, assay development and evaluation, and instrument evaluation
Provide training and direct exposure to clinical genetic practice through active participation in genetics clinics with the aim of better understanding the clinical implications of genetic testing
Fellows achieve the following:
A sound knowledge base of the basic science of molecular biology and molecular genetics
Learn to integrate molecular and clinical data and calculate genetic risk
Develop research skills and participate in a research project
Demonstrate good communications skills with laboratory and clinical physicians, patients, technologists and ancillary staff
Demonstrate sensitivity to ethical issues in genetics, particularly those raised by molecular diagnostic testing
To achieve this end, the trainees rotate through 10 active molecular diagnostic laboratories at four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, and participate in the respective pathology departments.
Fellows also actively participate in genetics clinics at these institutions and Dana-Farber Cancer Center. The fellowship is integrated with the HMS Genetics Training Program and shares a year-long didactic program.
There are over 40 faculty members. Representative faculty includes the following.
Nathalie Serber Administrative Assistant to Neal Lindeman, MD | Azra Ligon, PhD Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Shapiro Building, Room 5016 70 Francis Street Boston, MA 02115