Residency Program

Gail H. Vance, M.D., Program Director
David D. Weaver, M.D., Medical Director


The Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, offers a 24-month Clinical Genetics Residency Program in Medical Genetics. The most important goal is to provide excellent training in the fundamentals of Medical Genetics. The program is designed to train clinical geneticists to be able to (a) diagnose and manage genetic disorders; (b) provide patient and family counseling; (c) use their knowledge of heterogeneity, variability and natural history of genetic disorders in patient-care decision-making; (d) elicit and interpret individual and family medical histories; (e) interpret clinical genetic and specialized laboratory testing information; (f) explain the causes and natural history of genetic disorders and genetic risk assessment; and (g) interact with other health-care professionals in the provision of services for patients with genetically influenced disorders.

Our philosophy emphasizes the breadth of medical genetics as a discipline while providing the flexibility to allow residents to develop expertise in teaching, basic research or diagnostic areas of special interest.   For those seeking certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG), the resident will obtain the necessary credentials to become board-eligible in Clinical Medical Genetics as outlined by the ABMG.

The requirements for board eligibility may be found on the AMBG web site at:  In addition to ABMG certification, the program allows residents an elective option to obtain a Master of Science degree from Indiana University, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.

Program Structure

As mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee (RRC), requirements include: 18 months of broad-based, clinically-oriented medical genetics activities; the equivalent of a one year graduate course in basic human, and medical genetics, including but not limited to population and quantitative genetics, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, and molecular genetics; laboratory rotations to include two continuous weeks each in a biochemical genetic, molecular genetic and a cytogenetic laboratory for a total of six weeks; and care for at least 100 different patients or families per year in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  

A resident is expected to satisfactorily complete the course work equivalent to the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics. This may be accomplished by sitting in the course and passing the examinations. Alternatively, the resident may enroll in courses outlined in the IU Graduate School Bulletin, under "Master of Science Degree-Medical & Molecular Genetics" to obtain an MS degree. All Clinical Genetics residents are required to enroll in Q580, Basic Human Genetics (3 credits), and G504 Introduction to Research Ethics (2 credits). The resident is expected to pass each course with a grade of B or better. A resident is also expected to engage in either clinical or basic research that will result in publication.   Each resident should prepare at least one clinical manuscript for publication or contribute scientifically to a basic science research article during the residency program.

The following curriculum is a general guideline for the 24-month program. This may be modified based on resident needs and changes in the services:

Year 1
  • General Medical Genetics Clinic-9 months
    • Friday a.m. general genetics/neurogenetic clinics
    • Friday 8 a.m. didactic session
    • Wednesday pm clinics
    • Outreach clinics (Terre Haute, Madison, Bloomington)
    • Pre/post-clinic conferences (Thurs/Friday)
    • Hospital rounds (Thursday)
  • Research 1 day/week or three month block
  • Lab rotations, Biochemical, Cytogenetics, Molecular Diagnostics, two weeks each, 6 weeks total
  • Classes, all year (Q580 and G504 meet in the fall semester)
  • Attend weekly departmental seminar
  • Attend Journal Club
  • Attend Syndrome of the Month Seminar
  • Consultations 1-2 days/week
  • Weekend call -one weekend/month
  • One month allowed annually for vacation and attending meetings
  • Two weeks flexible time for Medical Genetics or Specialty Clinics
Year 2
  • General Medical Genetics Clinic 4 months
    • Friday a.m. general genetics/neurogenetic clinics
    • Wednesday p.m. clinics
    • Outreach clinics
    • Pre/post clinic conference (Thurs/Friday)
    • Hospital rounds (Thursday)
  • Consultations 1-2 days/week*
  • Research 1day/week or three month block
  • Prenatal Diagnosis 6-weeks
  • Metabolism 6-weeks
  • Specialty clinics 4-weeks
    • Oral Facial Clinic, Genetic Counseling Clinic, Teratogen service, Familial Cancer Clinic, Huntington Disease Clinic, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, General Clinical Research Center, Neurofibromatosis Clinic
  • Classes, All year
  • Attend weekly departmental seminar
  • Give one-hour seminar at departmental seminar
  • Attend Journal Club
  • Attend Syndrome of the Month Club
  • Weekend call-one weekend/month except during metabolism rotation
  • One month allowed annually for vacation and attending meetings

*During the metabolism rotation, consultations and the on-call schedule will be directed by the metabolism faculty.

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