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Application materials and additional questions should be addressed to:

Maximilian Muenke, M.D.
Director of Residency and Fellowship Training
Chief, Medical Genetics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
35 Convent Drive, MSC 3717
Building 35, Room 1B-203
Bethesda, MD 20892-1852

Phone: (301) 402-8167, or (301) 594-7487 (secretary)
Fax: (301) 480-7876

Graduate Medical Education (GME): Pediatrics/Medical Genetics

Maximilian Muenke, MD

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in conjunction with the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), offers a unique opportunity for medical school graduates to complete a combined, five-year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics. This combined program, which draws upon the strengths of the Children's National Medical Center's ACGME accredited program in pediatrics and the NHGRI's ACGME-accredited program in Medical Genetics, trains physicians in pediatric medicine as well as in the diagnosis, management and counseling of patients with genetic disorders. Participants gain broad experience in pediatrics, clinical and molecular genetics, metabolic diseases, and cytogenetics.

The Combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics Residency Program is unparalleled in several respects: It trains residents in one of the nation's most prestigious children's hospitals; it exposes students to rare genetic disorders that might not be seen in a more typical medical genetics program; it is one of the few programs that emphasizes clinical research; and it grants access to the vast resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at other highly ranked medical institutions in the nation's capitol.

Candidates must be graduates of an accredited medical school and hold either an MD or an MD/PhD degree.

Trainees spend their first 30 months in the pediatrics residency program at the world-renowned Children's National Medical Center, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Participants then receive 18 months of formal training in clinical genetics, which entails seeing patients in various NIH centers and in hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. Clinical training highlights the role of genetics in general medicine, pediatrics, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, and perinatal medicine.

During their final year, residents perform laboratory research on a project of their choosing in any one of the nearly 4,000 participating facilities in the Washington, D.C. area. Throughout the program, trainees attend a number of lecture courses, including: Introduction to Medical Genetics; Developmental Biology and Human Malformations; Inborn Errors of Metabolism; and Current Concepts in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics. Attendance is also required at the weekly Clinical Genetics Case Conference and at the bi-weekly Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics Sign-Out Conference.

Many students choose to attend the Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine during the month of July.

Training Sites

Upon completion of the combined program, trainees will qualify for board certification by both the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).


The combined NIH - Children's National Medical Center 5 year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics is highly competitive and accepts only one candidate per year. Applications to the combined training program are accepted electronically through the categorical pediatrics/genetics track at CNMC or the separate NIH - CNMC Pediatrics/Medical Genetics selection in ERAS.

Interviews and Appointments
Competitive candidates will be invited to interview at NHGRI and CNMC on the same day. The Combined Program does not participate in the NRMP. Acceptance decisions are announced in March. Appointments to the Program begin on July 1.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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This page last reviewed on 02/13/14

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