Residency Training Enviornment

The residency training program takes place in the context of the only academic medical center in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Oregon Health & Science University.

Our residency program is a part of the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics. It is  one of only two genetics training programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) geneticists provide nearly all genetic services in the region. With 10,000 employees, OSHU’s main campus is perched on a wooded hill overlooking downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley, and Mount Hood. 

Major on-campus institutions include (within walking distance):

The faculty in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics have training in multiple medical specialties such as:

  • Pediatrics
  • Perinatology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Internal Medicine

The array of knowledge possessed by our faculty, in addition to seminars and other educational opportunities produced by basic science and clinical departments, is an important feature of the intellectual landscape.

Service Laboratories

The Department's fully accredited Clinical Genetics Service Laboratories (Cytogenetics, Molecular Diagnostic Center, Biochemical Genetics) are recognized as among the very best in the nation and are an integral part of all our training programs.

The closely-affiliated Division of Biochemical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics is staffed by three full-time and one part-time ABMG-certified Clinical Biochemical Geneticists. Their clinical activities are also an important part of the Residency Program.


OSHU has developed recognized excellence in quality medical research. Research opportunities exist in all areas of medical genetics. Many of the faculty in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics are involved in medical research, some in addition to their clinical practice. 
Furthermore, OSHU houses an NIH-supported Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), which facilitates the execution of clinical research protocols.

Other certified Departmental training programs include

  • Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics
  • Fellowships in Cytogenetics, Biochemical Genetics and Molecular Genetics