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Career Development -- Genetics

What Does Training Look Like?

We do not currently have training program at Tulane University at this time. There are many training programs available including categorical medical genetics and combined programs, Internal medicine-Medical Genetics and Pediatrics-Medical Genetics.

Majority of programs provide 2-year training tract which will lead to eligibility to take the American board of Medical Genetics and Genomics examination. A 2-year training program includes 18 months of clinical rotation and 6 months of protected research time. To be eligible for categorical Medical Genetics program, applicant must complete 2 years in a primary US ACGME accredited residency such as pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine etc.

For combined programs in Internal Medicine-Medical Genetics and Pediatrics-Medical Genetics, these are a four-year training program and candidates enter this track directly out of medical school.


There are fellowship opportunities available; For the ones who have completed Medical Genetics Residency training, there are subspecialty area available which include:

  • Medical Biochemical Genetics fellowship is a 1 year training program. Typical rotation includes inpatient and outpatient genetics, and biochemical laboratory genetics.
  • Clinical laboratory specialty tracks offer one year of training in Clinical Biochemical Genetics, 2 years training in Clinical Molecular genetics/cytogenetics.
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

At Tulane Hayward Genetics Center, our responsibilities include patient care, inpatient consult, outpatient genetic clinic, teaching medical students, residents and research. Our medical geneticists have 4-5 half-day outpatient clinics. We provide care to patients with broad range of genetic diseases. Our clinic is located at Tulane Lakeside Hospital. We also have satellite clinic in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Hammond. Twenty of the time is for teaching and research.
Important Qualities and Traits

Candidates will have an interest in the basic science, evaluation, diagnosis, and ongoing care of patients with variety of genetic disorders.
Research Opportunities

There a broad range of research opportunities available including clinical and basic/bench research, this information can be found at our website.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

We offer 2-4 weeks elective rotation in Clinical genetics which include outpatient and inpatient services, and clinical conference, which can be taken anytime during the year.

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying to this residency.

Important Advice

Clinical rotation and research background in medical genetics would be helpful to increase your changes of matching.