Fellowship Program Director: Melissa Merideth, M.D., M.P.H.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) offers a one-year residency program in Medical Biochemical Genetics that trains highly motivated physicians to diagnose, manage and counsel patients with metabolic genetic disorders. The NHGRI program is unparalleled in several respects. It exposes students to rare genetic disorders that might not be seen in a more typical biochemical 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 national capital area.
Three months of rotations will be at the NIH, three months at Children's National Health System, one month in a biochemical genetics laboratory, two weeks at the Maryland Newborn Screening Laboratory, one month of clinical research at NIH and three and a half months of clinical electives at either NIH, CNHS, University of Maryland specialty clinics, or Kennedy-Krieger Institute.
Although this is a one-year program, most candidates will want to spend 2 to 3 years acquiring skills in the care and clinical research of patients with metabolic disorders.
NHGRI Medical Biochemical Genetics Residency Program
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. Candidates must have an M.D. degree and have completed an ACGME accredited U.S. residency training program in clinical genetics, be board eligible or board certified in clinical genetics and have a valid, unrestricted U.S. license.