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Medical Genetics - PEDI 557


Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkships


University of Maryland

Description and Goals:

The student will learn general principles of medical genetics with special emphasis on clinical genetics and genetic counseling.

  • Objectives:  To learn the steps in a genetic evaluation and basic skills involved in genetic history taking, physical examination and counseling, as well as the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders. To explore the role of clinical genetics in medical practice, and the roles of the medical geneticist and other genetics professionals.  To have a practical experience in clinical genetics in a practice that is largely pediatric genetics but includes adult genetics, with opportunities for involvement in cancer genetics and prenatal genetics.
  • Method: The student will participate in pediatric and adult genetic clinics, be involved in inpatient consultations, and be a member of the clinical genetics team. Visits to on site  genetics laboratories (biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics) and to the State newborn screening laboratories are part of the rotation.  Participation in genetics conferences, seminars, and rounds is expected. Presentation of a topic of the student's choice at the Division's clinical meeting will be required.
  • Assessment:  The student will become a member of the Genetics team, and will participate in its clinical functions under the direct supervision of faculty members. Quality of the presentation, daily interactions with members of the Division, and assimilation of the didactic material presented by the faculty will form the basis of the assessment. 

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Evenings - No
Weekends - No
Call - No

Faculty Responsible:

Carol Greene, M.D.
(410) 328-3335  

Administrative Contact:

Rose Robinson
(410) 328-6662
Fax: (410) 328-0646  


Last Revision: January 6, 2014