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Medical Genetics Training Program Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinician Scientists

Proposal Deadline     9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010

WHAT: Human Genetics has become a central focus of basic and biomedical research over the past decades, and is truly an integrative field. The study of the molecular basis of human disease promises to yield significant insights into our basic understanding of disease pathogenesis, and holds enormous promise in terms of therapeutic and clinical applications. The newly funded Medical Genetics Training Program at Columbia University Medical Center will support one-two postdoctoral trainees per year, in a University-wide training program on in human medical genetics. Training focuses on the molecular Mendelian, cytogenetic and complex diseases in children and adults.

The Medical Genetics Training Program will provides a unique training opportunity for clinical fellows, since it will create a forum for the advancement of human genetics, drawing from many different programs at CUMC.

The fellowship is generously funded, providing an annual stipend at the current NIH level, plus operational support and travel to a conference.

One didactic course is required, additional coursework is optional.

PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Biomedical Research in Medical Genetics

WHO: The following eligibility terms apply:

  • Candidates must hold an MD or MD/PhD
  • Candidates must enter their period of postdoctoral training on July 1, 2010
  • Candidates must be working under the guidance of a Mentor– a scientist capable of providing mentorship to the fellow.
  • Candidates must meet NIH T32 guidelines  (US citizens or permanent residents).
  • Candidates must devote 80% time or more to research. 

HOW: The proposal must include the following components:

  • 1. Cover Page listing the candidate’s name, title, department, contact information and citizenship status.
  • 2. Please provide the Mentor’s name
  • 3. Candidate’s CV
  • 4. Sponsor’s CV or NIH-format Biosketch with bibliography
  • 5. Letter of Recommendation from the candidate’s Mentor
  • 6. Research Plan (not to exceed 3 pages, 1.5 spaced in 12-point type font) that should:
    • a) Provide a summary of the research proposed, including information on work done to date
    • b) State specific research objectives
    • c) Describe concisely the method of approach for the proposed research
    • d) Explain the significance of the proposed research to medical genetics
    • e) Demonstrate the relevance of the candidate’s background and previous work (as well as the background and previous work of the Mentor)

Note: The three-page limit refers only to the proposal itself.

The subject heading of the email should be "Medical Genetics Training Program Fellowship.”

Please PDF all items of the proposal to by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010.

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Angela Christiano at or Catherine Konradt at

Medical Genetics Residency Program

This is a medical specialty accredited through the American Board of Medical Genetics. The two-year residency has its departmental home in Pediatrics, but can accept applicants with two years of residency training in other specialties such as Obstetrics and Gynecology or Medicine.

For more information:

ABMG Genetics Fellowships

Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics. This is a two-year training program designed to certify individuals, primarily PhDs, in genetics laboratory specialties and administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Fellowship training in clinical diagnostic laboratory areas of genetics require two years of training to become board eligible in one area for candidates not already board certified in genetics.  Fellows may train for one additional year each in additional laboratory areas after completing their initial two-year training period.  In other words, to train in molecular and cytogenetics would require 3 years of training.  Fellows who are already boarded in medical genetics require one additional year of training for each laboratory specialty.  All fellows must pass an inservice genetic examination before they are eligible to sit for the board examination.

The fellowship program consists of didactic lectures, participation in medical genetics clinic, teaching conferences in medical genetics, and work in the respective molecular and cytogenetics laboratories.  Our faculty consists of 9 board certified genetics and 13 board certified genetic counselors.  Within the laboratories, fellows will be taught routine techniques and will assist in the development of new tests.  Fellows will learn about quality control and quality assurance, testing regulations in New York state, and how to write comprehensive laboratory reports and sign out cases.  Fellows will also learn how to communicate abnormal results with referring physicians and answer questions about clinical implications.  Fellows will develop independent research projects after the first year and are encouraged to present their work at national meetings such as the American Society of Human Genetics and the American College of Medical Genetics.

Applicants are eligible with either a Ph.D. in genetics or a M.D. and residency in pathology or medical genetics.  To apply, interested individuals should send their CV and three letters of recommendation to the fellowship director, Dr. Wendy Chung at  Interviews are held in the fall for positions the following July 1.


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