Medical Genetics Residency
It is anticipated that residents who complete the Medical Genetics residency at Children’s Hospital will be fully competent to provide the highest level of subspecialty care in this field for patients.
Graduates will be prepared to provide not only detailed and non-directive genetic counseling, but expertise in the diagnosis and management of congenital, metabolic and other heritable disorders.
An additional third year of training as bench or clinical research is an option for those residents who desire to pursue an academic/research career. To this end, residents must demonstrate detailed understanding of the pathophysiology of genetic disorders, a dedication to scholarly research pursuits and fulfillment of the ACGME General Competencies as outlined below.
Our program is accredited by the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Medical Genetics. We participate in ERAS and the fellowship Match through NRMP.
We also have been approved for a four-year combined pediatrics/medical genetics residency program at our institution. For more information about the Pediatric residency portion of the four-year program, feel free to visit the Pediatric residency web page. Download a sample block diagram for more information about the rotation schedule. Interested applicants should apply through ERAS as well. Residents are selected for this program through the Main Match through NRMP.
What You Need to Know
The primary location for resident training is Nationwide Children’s Hospital. However, rotations in Adult and Cancer Genetics and Perinatal/Prenatal Diagnosis are conducted at The Ohio State University. Residents must also complete rotations in laboratories at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. Residents are required to take a graduate level course at the end of their first year in Medical Cytogenetics at The Ohio State University. As a part of Pediatric Genetics rotations, residents participate in several multidisciplinary subspecialty clinics including:
- Craniofacial (Cleft Lip and Palate)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Deletion 22q Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Marfan Screening
- Williams Syndrome
Application & Selection
For the two-year categorical Medical Genetics residency, completion of at least two years of a primary residency in an ACGME-accredited program is desired prior to entering a medical genetics residency.
Download the Genetics Residency Admission Criteria for more information about eligibility.
For the four-year combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics residency, completion of a U.S. medical school or at least one year of residency in the United States is required prior to beginning the four-year program.
Please note that our institution requests a J1 visa for non-citizens.
Upon completion of the program, it is anticipated that resident trainees will qualify to sit for board certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) in clinical genetics.
For further information regarding ABMG certification, please see the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) Website.
Applicants applying to Genetics programs should submit their application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System) and should include the following:
- CAF (Common application form)
- Three recommendation letters (chairman's letter is optional)
- Dean's Letter
- Medical School Transcripts
- USMLE or COMLEX Scores (STEP 2 scores must be received by Feb. 10)
- Personal Statement
If applying to our combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics program, you only need to submit one application to the combined program and we will share your application with pediatrics. You will receive email communication through ERAS from Terri Burke-Higgins in Genetics regarding your application status.
Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship
Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship for geneticists pursuing training to be eligible for an ABMGG Medical Biochemical Genetics subspecialty.
Clinical Laboratory Fellowship
Nationwide Children’s Hospital also offers a two-year laboratory fellowship in Genetics and Genomics. This fellowship is in joint cooperation with The Ohio State University.
If you have any questions, they can be addressed to:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Program Coordinator – Medical Genetics Residency
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205