Combined Pediatric – Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University (WSU) offer an approved combined pediatrics and medical genetics and genomics 4-year residency program. This integrated approach allows the resident eligibility to sit for the board-certifying examination in both pediatrics and clinical genetics at the completion of his/her training. The combined program permits the resident to complete both residencies in 4 years, which is one less than if the resident did separate residency programs. This is a change from the previous 5-year combined program requirement. It also allows the trainee to utilize their pediatric and genetics training in an immediate integrated fashion.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a freestanding children’s hospital with over 40 specialties, situated in the heart of Midtown Detroit, an area undergoing a remarkable urban renaissance. It has a well-established pediatric residency program. Residents will experience pediatric rotations with both categorical residents and combined residents. The following link provides a comprehensive description of the pediatric residency program.

During their medical genetics and genomics training, residents will be exposed to a broad range of medical genetics services as required by the ACGME. Their rotations will take place in other on-campus DMC hospitals, all only minutes away and connected by an underground tunnel system. Rotations in cancer genetics, general genetics, prenatal genetics, laboratory genetics, metabolic genetics, and pediatric genetics will provide the trainee opportunities to receive the required genetics and genomics education.

Here is a typical combined four-year training schedule.

In addition to the individualized teaching one receives in his/her genetics rotations, didactic learning opportunities abound, including the Medical Genetics Trainee Journal Club, a graduate level course in Advanced Medical Genetics, and weekly Medical Genetics Grand Rounds. Residents also have opportunities to teach other residents, genetic counseling students, and medical students, providing them with opportunities to develop their teaching skills.

Having six months of research/electives available, residents also have the opportunity to perform clinical or basic research, with both clinical and basic science faculty.  

Please go to the FAQ's page for information about applying to our program.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about the Medical Genetics and GenomicsTraining Programs, please contact:

Michelle Cichon, MS, CGC
Medical Genetics and Genomics Residencies and Fellowships Program Manager
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
540 E. Canfield
3311 Scott Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-577-3982
Fax: 313-577-9137