Program Description

The Division of Laboratory Genetics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester is actively contributing to the study of genetic disease and the advancement of genetic testing and related technology. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve and enhance patient care. Within each laboratory, board certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with laboratory supervisors and technologists to ensure that accurate, reliable results are available in a timely manner.

Our two-year fellowship in Clinical Biochemical Genetics is available to individuals who hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. It is desirable that candidates have experience in pediatrics, biochemistry and/or laboratory medicine. The program is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) and leads to eligibility to sit for the Clinical Biochemical Genetics examination.

As a fellow in Biochemical Genetics, you will learn to perform and properly interpret a wide variety of diagnostic procedures, with special emphasis on reporting and often explaining results of complex analyses to referring physicians. At the same time, you will undertake an independent research project, likely to be related to the development and validation of new diagnostic methods using state-of-the-art equipment such as tandem mass spectrometry.

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Individuals completing the two-year fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics or Clinical Biochemical Genetics will be eligible to sit the ABMG General Examination and relevant specialty examination.

M.D. fellows who have already completed two years of an accredited medical genetics residency will be eligible to sit the specialty examination after one year of training.

See also Medical Genetics Residency.

Program History

The Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship began at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2002 and since that time, eight fellows have completed their training in this program. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete this fellowship each year.