Fellowships




Fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics

Fellowship Director: Peter H. Byers, MD

The fellowship is open to individuals with an M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. For individuals who have not completed a 2-year training fellowship or residency in medical genetics, this is a 2-year program. For individuals with an M.D. who have completed the clinical medical genetics residency, the training in this fellowship can be completed in a single year. The objective of this program is to provide the candidate with the ability to supervise and direct the operations of a clinical molecular genetics diagnostic laboratory, including technical experience and knowledge in quality control and quality assurance procedures; a broad knowledge of:

  • Basic molecular biology and genetics
  • The application of recombinant DNA techniques and linkage analysis to the diagnosis of genetic diseases
  • The etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management of human genetic disorders
  • The ability to perform a variety of molecular diagnostic assays
  • An understanding of the heterogeneity, variability, and natural history of molecular genetic disorders
  • Diagnostic and interpretive skills in a wide range of clinical molecular genetics problems.

The training occurs in diagnostics laboratories in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Pathology at UWMC and at SCH. At this point we do not have designated support for trainees in either arm of this program. As a consequence support for fellows in this program comes from individual training grants to the fellows or from post-doctoral training funds in mentors’ laboratories. Successful completion of the training is designed to provide fellows the ability to sit for the board examinations administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics.



Fellowship in Clinical Cytogenetics

Fellowship Director: Christine Disteche, PhD and Kathleen Leppig, MD

The fellowship is open to individuals with an M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. For individuals who have not completed a 2-year training fellowship or residency in medical menetics, this is a 2-year program. For individuals with an M.D. who have completed the clinical medical genetics residency, the training in this fellowship can be completed in a single year. This fellowship is designed to provide the trainee with the ability to supervise and direct the operations of a clinical cytogenetic diagnostic laboratory, including technical expertise and knowledge in quality control and quality assurance procedures; broad knowledge in human cytogenetics and array technologies, including prenatal and postnatal cytogenetic diagnosis, infertility and pregnancy loss, cancer, and leukemia; an understanding of the heterogeneity, variability, and natural history of cytogenetic disorders; diagnostic and interpretive skills in a wide range of cytogenetic problems; and the ability to communicate cytogenetic laboratory results, in the capacity of consultant to medical genetics professionals, to other clinicians and directly to patients in concert with other professional staff. The training occurs in diagnostics laboratories in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Pathology at UWMC and at CHRMC. Support for fellows in this program comes from individual training grants to the fellows or from post-doctoral training funds in mentors’ laboratories. Successful completion of the training is designed to provide fellows the ability to sit for the board examinations administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics



Fellowship in Clinical Biochemical Genetics

Fellowship Director: Sihoun Hahn, MD, PhD

The fellowship is open to individuals with an M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. For individuals who have not completed a 2-year training fellowship or residency in medical genetics, this is a 2-year program. For individuals with an M.D. who have completed the clinical medical genetics residency, the training in this fellowship can be completed in a single year. This fellowship is designed to provide the trainee with the ability to supervise and direct the operations of a clinical biochemical genetics diagnostic laboratory, including technical expertise and knowledge in quality control and quality assurance procedures; broad knowledge of (1) basic biochemistry and genetics, (2) the application of biochemical techniques to the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases, and (3) the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management of human inherited biochemical disorders; an understanding of the heterogeneity, variability, and natural history of biochemical genetic disorders; diagnostic and interpretive skills in a wide range of biochemical genetic problems; and the ability to communicate biochemical laboratory results, in the capacity of a consultant to medical genetics professionals, to other clinicians and directly to patients in concert with other professional staff. The training occurs in diagnostics at SCH. Support for fellows in this program comes from individual training grants to the fellows or from postdoctoral training funds in mentors’ laboratories. Successful completion of the training is designed to provide fellows the ability to sit for the board examinations administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics. For more information, contact: Mary Moran




Training Programs





Fellowship Application


Applications will be accepted from 2 years prior to the start date until the program is filled. If you have a completed ERAS application, please feel free to submit that in lieu of the application forms below.


Fellowship Application in MS Word format
Fellowship Application in PDF format



Under-Represented Minority Recruitment


The University of Washington Medical Genetics Training Program has a strong historical commitment to recruitment of under-represented minorities. We encourage applicants from all minority physicians and scientists and will assign them the highest priority for review.




Fatigue Management


The ACGME requires programs to educate residents and faculty on fatigue management. Residents and faculty are required to review the following annually and consult the program director or program coordinator if they have further questions.


ACGME presentation on fatigue management



Duty Hours Policy


Medical Genetics adheres to the ACGME requirements for duty hours. Please contact the Program Director for further information.


Medical Genetics Duty Hour Policy