How to Apply

The Clinical Genetics Residency program, accredited by the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, is open to US citizens or permanent residents who have a U.S. or Canadian M.D. or D.O. degree and who have completed one or more years of clinical residency training in an ACGME-accredited program.

Foreign Medical Graduates

In some instances, an M.D. from abroad who has completed the equivalent of one or more years in an ACGME-accredited program may be substituted if approved by the American Board of Medical Genetics prior to enrolling in the Residency. These applicants will only be successful if they are US citizens or permanent residents, or bring their own stipend (independent funding) to the program. Outside funding is subject to approval by the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Office, and must be confirmed prior to acceptance into the program.

Applicants with independent funding

Physician applicants with salary support from an outside source (the U.S. Military, a foreign government, or a grant agency) that will support their salary, and benefits for the duration of the residency should contact the Program Director and Program Administrator by email as soon as possible and prior to submitting an application. U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency is not required for trainees who meet all of the other requirements AND have independent funding. Outside funding is subject to approval by the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Office, and must be confirmed prior to acceptance into the program. (Contacts: Dr. Fuki Hisama at and Ms. Sara Carlson at


Beginning in 2013, fourth year medical students interested in dual training to prepare for a career in adult genetics may apply in ERAS to the Medical Genetics track in the UW Department of Internal Medicine Residency as well as the categorical Internal Medicine Residency track. For more information on the Medical Genetics Pathway in the UW Internal Medicine Residency, visit:

Residency Application Process

We are members of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and use the ERAS and National Resident Matching Program centralized application systems to review applications. ERAS opens in each July, and applications should be completed by the end of August for timely consideration. On campus interviews are arranged in September and October on dedicated interview days. The campus interviews last one day, and includes interviews with the Division Chief, the Program Director, and other faculty depending on availability and scheduling. Current clinical genetics residents and recent graduates of the program are available to meet with potential residents.

As an alternative, individual interviews may be arranged at the American Society of Human Genetics Meeting, which is generally scheduled in October or November. The program director reviews all applications to the program, being certain to identify qualifications that might make for success in our program:

  • Completeness of application, including a personal statement and official medical school transcript
  • Evidence of prior experience in Clinical or Human Genetics
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from your program director)
  • Research experience

Residency selection is based upon the total application and interviews. Given that our program is research-oriented, we are interested in applicants with demonstrated research interest. However, publications are not a requirement for an interview or acceptance into the program. A faculty committee determines the final ranking.


If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact
Sara Carlson, Program Administrator,
Medical Genetics Residency Program
Tel: (206) 543-4259

Training Programs

Under-Represented Minority Recruitment

The Medical Genetics Training Program is committed to recruiting and promoting a diverse community of scholars. We welcome diverse individuals, including those with a broad spectrum of scientific interests in medical genetics and genomics, trainees from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and trainees with physical or other ability differences. We ensure reasonable accommodations. See our Diversity Resources Page for more information.