VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

A fully ACGME-accredited two-year residency in Medical Genetics and Genomics is offered in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Clinical Genetics Division at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program tailors its training to the individual needs and career plans of the residents. It consists of clinical rotations in outpatient general genetics and metabolic clinics in addition to inpatient consults at VCU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Other clinical training provided by the division include cytogenetics and molecular genetics, cancer genetics in collaboration with the Massey Cancer Center and a prenatal genetic clinic at VCU Medical Center and several community hospitals in the Richmond area. Multiple research areas are available, including interdisciplinary projects in public health, cancer, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, behavioral and psychiatric genetics. A full range of course offerings are available in collaboration with the Ph.D. and postdoctoral genetics training in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, as well as the masters degree in Genetic Counseling program.

The faculty is committed to excellence in training and look forward to working with physicians who plan to advance the field of genetics and the quality and effectiveness of genetic services.

Program requirements:

  1. MD or DO with 2-3 years of previous residency experience (board certification is not required, pediatric residency is preferred).
  2. Passing USMLE step 1, step 2 CK/CS and step 3 prior to submitting application.
  3. For international medical graduates, at least 3 months of direct patient contact in the US within the last 4 years is required.
  4. Applications should be submitted through ERAS along with Statement of Purpose and 2 letters of recommendations (one should be from current program director) starting July for the following year position.

For more information about the program, please contact Program Director Hind Al Saif or Program Coordinator Patricia Prezioso.


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