Rounds and teaching opportunities are the same for residents and fellows in Genetics. Trainees participate in a variety of academic and clinical meetings during the week, in addition to the academic half-day on Friday mornings. Academic half-day includes didactic small group teaching, focused on a comprehensive selection of topics followed by a weekly patient review that is specifically geared to teaching dysmorphology and laboratory genetics as they apply to individual patient encounters. Joint genetics, neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine rounds are also held every week to discuss complex prenatal patients. Further, the Hereditary Cancer team holds a weekly patient review meeting. Department-wide genetics education rounds, focused on topics of research interest or reviews of new information from recent conferences, are also held weekly. Journal club occurs approximately every 2 months and is held in the evening.
In keeping with the requirements of the Royal College, residents complete the equivalent of course work in human genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics and population genetics. This is supplemented by didactic lectures provided by the faculty.
In addition to genetics residents and fellows, we have a variety of rotating trainees, including medical students, residents in pediatrics, obstetrics, pathology, hematology, perinatology, dermatology and neurology, as well as fellows in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology. The learning environment is rich.