Residents in the Stanford Combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics Program benefit from a unique educational environment. Clinical training occurs primarily at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Residents also rotate through the clinical genetics laboratories at the Stanford Medical Center for experience in biochemical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. A variety of clinical and basic science research opportunities are available to trainees within the Division of Medical Genetics and Department of Pediatrics and in the wider Stanford University School of Medicine community.
Residents also have access to the broad course offerings of the School of Medicine. An especially rich curriculum in the scientific underpinnings of clinical genetics is offered through the M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program. Our four-year program prepares our graduates to sit for the Clinical Genetics Board Examination administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) and the Pediatrics Board Examination administered by The American Board of Pediatrics. We are able to accept two residents per year.
The residency program seeks to attract physicans of diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing careers in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics.
The first year is devoted to rotations in Pediatrics. The second and third year are split evenly between Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. In the second and third year residents will gain experience in the general genetics clinic, metabolic genetics clinic, cleft and craniofacial clinic, neurogenetics clinic and genetic skin diseases clinic. In the final year, clinical responsibilites are significantly decreased to allow time for research and professional development, as there is 6 months of individualized curriculum. Medical Genetics rotations in the fourth year include cancer genetics clinic, prenatal genetics clinic and the clinical lab rotations in biochemical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Fourth year residents continue to participate in a weekly half-day general genetics clinic to provide opportunity to see follow-up patients. Residents can also participate in the Down Syndrome Clinic and undertake away electives.
Residents are encouraged to undertake a mentored research project during their training. Trainees encourage to present their work at regional and national meetings including the David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis and other annual meetings (e.g. ASHG, WSPR, ACMG, and SIMD.)
Competitively awarded fellowships administered by the Department of Pediatrics are available to support additional clinical, translational or basic science research training.