Clinical Genetics Residency Program

Genetics defines the future of the medical field. Choosing a Medical Genetics Residency at Oregon Health and Science University prepares physician scientists to work at the forefront of ground breaking research and personalized patient care. The American College of Medical Genetics would like you to explore your future in Medical Genetics. We, in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, want you to know what awaits you when you choose OHSU for your Residency. 

The Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics offers several comprehensive, integrated training programs in the clinical, laboratory, and scientific aspects of human genetics.

The Medical Genetics Residency is a two-year clinical and research training experience for physicians with an interest in the diagnosis, counseling and management of patients with inherited disorders. A broad range of disorders is encountered encompassing the prenatal, pediatric, and adult age groups in the prenatal, metabolic, pediatric, adult, cancer and cardio genetics clinics.  

Chromosome abnormalities, malformation syndromes, inborn errors of metabolism, single gene disorders, disorders with complex inheritance, cancer pre-dispositions, musculo-skeletal abnormalities, neurological pre-symptomatic genetic conditions, and unknowns are among the diagnoses seen.

In addition, the resident will gain proficiency in the selection of genetic tests and the evaluation of laboratory data that are relevant to medical genetics diagnosis and management. This specifically includes the interpretation of results from the Cytogenetics Laboratory, the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, and the Molecular Diagnostic Center.

Residents are required to participate in a basic science or clinical research project during the residency. The breadth and balance of exposure to diverse areas of medical genetics is a major strength of the Oregon Health & Science University program. The program's comprehensive treatment is designed to prepare the physician for the certification examination by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (AMBGG).

Mission statement

The Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency is a two-year clinical and research training experience providing physicians with the knowledge and skills necessary for diagnosis, counseling, and management of patients with inherited disorders, serving the community of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. The Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency provides quality healthcare, aligning with OHSU'S ambulatory care model to ensure clinical quality improvement is the foundation of the program. The Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency strives to be an active contributor to translational and basic science and a leader and advocate for specialty of medical genetics, and the patients we serve.

Program aims

  1. Ensure competency in the clinical care of pediatric and adult patients with inherited disorders, and metabolic disorders through rotations in varied clinics as well as in patient consultations.
  2. Provide a curriculum to educate residents in current molecular genetics principles and genetic testing analysis.
  3. Provide a foundation for clinical or basic science research in genetics to foster future interest in research and pursuit of an academic career.
  4. Educate tomorrow's clinical genetics professionals in an interdisciplinary environment, in order to meet the populations need for clinical genetics care.

Program status

The program is currently filled. The next available start date is July 1, 2020. Interested parties should submit application materials electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in collaboration with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The next application review and selection will start in July 2019 for the October 2019 Match Cycle.

Contact us

For further information/inquiries regarding the Oregon Health & Science University Clinical Genetics Residency Program please contact the Genetics Residency Program Assistant  or call us at 503 494-7703

Graduates of international medical schools who are applying for medical internships, residencies or fellowships must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain authorization to work.