University of Washington

Clinical Human Medical Genetics
MOLMED 513, Autumn/Winter/Spring, 4 credits


  • Before the Quarter Begins
    See Preparing for the Course.
  • Dress Code for Clinic
    You should wear professional clothes.  Professional clothing can be considered similar to what you would wear if you were presenting at a scientific meeting.  Suits are not necessary, but men can consider a button up shirt (with or without tie) and slacks.  Women can consider blouses or sweaters with slacks/skirt or a conservative dress.  Jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, open toe sandals and similar casual attire are not appropriate.  If you have questions about dress, ask a course director.
  • Picture ID
    You must have picture ID issued by UW available and visible during your time in the clinic. 
  • Contact the Clinic the week before you are scheduled to attend
    To be sure that you have everything in hand that you need, call the contact person for the clinic so that they can orient you and tell you how to get there and when.  This will also remind them to expect you in clinic on that date.  See clinic contacts page.
  • Activities for Clinic Rotations
    You will get a schedule of people you may see prior to the clinic and should read about the suspected or confirmed genetic diagnosis before the clinic appointment.  Some recommended resources for information are:
    • Search for timely articles on PubMed.
      The availability and quality of review articles will vary, depending upon the specific genetic disorder.
      It is also advisable to survey recent publications on a specific disorder, specifically studies addressing key issues in understanding the pathophysiology or treatment of the disorder.  If possible, read 2-3 recent articles in depth and carefully critique how the study contributes to the understanding of the disorder or clinical care provided for individuals living with the condition.
    • Search for support groups or patient-centered organizations online
      Some group websites offer valuable perspectives on living with a disorder or the complications of a genetic condition that may be difficult to appreciate in the clinical setting.   This will also vary, depending on the condition.
  • At the end of each clinic
    After each clinic, please write a 1-2 page summary of one of the families/people that you saw with the questions to be considered.  Then summarize the important parts of the condition and outline any of the recent scientific advances in understanding and/or treating the disorder and any way you see those advances could have come from characterizations of the disorder.
  • Additional required activities
    • Medical Genetics Journal Club and Clinic Conference
      Journal Club: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30am, K250
      Clinic Conference: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am, K250
    • Molecular Cases
      During the weeks of molecular genetics, you will attend the Collagen Diagnostic Lab meeting and will complete 2 learning cases each week (4 total). 
  • Optional activities
    • Monthly IEM (Inborn Errors of Metabolism) Conference
      1st Wednesday; 4:15pm-5:15pm (August hiatus)
      Seattle Children’s Hospital; usually in SDR1&2, in the cafeteria area, near Whale 5 entrance
    • Monthly Pediatric Case Conference
      Seattle Children’s Hospital
      Dates and locations vary, ask if interested