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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): Combined Residency in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics & Genomic Medicine

Program Director: Maximilian Muenke, MD, NIH National Human Genome Research Institute

Program Co-Director: Dewesh Agrawal, MD, Children's National Health System

The National Institutes of Health sponsors a combined residency program in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics through the joint efforts of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Children’s National Health System (formerly known as Children’s National Medical Center). This residency offers medical school graduates the opportunity to complete ACGME approved residencies in pediatrics and medical genetics within 4 years. An additional year is funded to complete 1) ACGME accredited training in Medical Biochemical Genetics, 2) a year of funded research or 3) an American Board of Medical Genetics approved laboratory fellowship in either molecular genetics, biochemical genetics or cytogenetics. This combined program draws upon the strengths of numerous academic and private hospitals, as well as commercial laboratories to train physicians in pediatric medicine and the diagnosis, management and counseling of patients with genetic disorders.

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 area.

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

Trainees spend their first 18 months in the pediatrics residency program at the world-renowned Children's National Health System, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Training then alternates in 6 month blocks between their genetics and pediatrics rotations. Training in clinical genetics entails seeing patients in the Clinical Center at the NIH and in hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. including Children's National Health System, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland. Clinical training highlights the role of genetics in general medicine, pediatrics, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, perinatal and genomic medicine. Exposure and training in genetic laboratories takes place at the NIH Clinical Center, Children's National Health System, and at commercial labs within the area including Quest Diagnostics and GeneDX.

Throughout the program, trainees attend a number of didactic 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; Medical Genetics & Genomic Medicine: From Diagnosis to Treatment. Attendance is also required at the weekly Clinical Genetics Case Conference and at the bi-weekly Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics and Exome Sign-Out Conferences.


  • Dewesh Agrawal, MD, CNHS
  • Leslie Biesecker, MD, NHGRI / NIH
  • William A. Gahl, MD, PhD, NHGRI / NIH
  • Maximilian Muenke, MD, NHGRI / NIH
  • Debra Regier, MD, PhD, CNHS
  • Cynthia J. Tifft, MD, PhD, NHGRI / NIH

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 Health System residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics is highly competitive and accepts only one candidate per year. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP); applications must be submitted to both the NIH Combined Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Residency as well as the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s National Health System.

Interviews and Appointments
Competitive candidates will be invited to interview at NHGRI and CNHS on consecutive days. Acceptance decisions are announced in March through the NRMP. 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 10/26/2015

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