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Training Program Overview

The American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) Medical Genetics Residency Program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We are currently approved for a total of 6 residents.

Two-year Medical Genetics Residency: Currently, Medical Genetics does not use the NRMP for those applying for the two-year program. Most individuals apply to the two-year program 18-24 months before the anticipated start date. Interviews are granted based upon review of the application package and there is no set time frame for interviews. The two-year block schedule can be viewed here  Two Tear Program Block Schedule.

Five-year Combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics Residency: Applicants who are seniors at allopathic medical schools in the United States must use the ERAS for entry. Applications are accepted in August and interviews are conducted November – January. We can only accept international medical graduates if they have a J-1 Visa. The five-year block schedule can be viewed here  Five Year Combined Program Block Schedule.

Required Documents

The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TSBME) requires the following documents for institutional licensure in the state of Texas. You must bring the original documents and one set of 8-1/2 inch by 11-inch photocopies that are notarized as “true copies of the original.”

Please remember that in order to be considered for a residency or
clinical fellowship position, all of these requirements must be met
before a program can either rank you or offer you a position.

  • Medical School diploma. You must present the original and a certified translation if the diploma is not in English.
  • Medical School transcript. You must present the original along with a certified translation if the transcript is not in English. The transcript must show actual grades obtained in medical school (i.e. marks, statement sheets).
  • Separate transcript of Medical School clerkships showing actual hours.
  • Medical School Dean’s Letter. You must present the original and a certified translation if the letter is not in English.
  • Valid ECFMG certificate. The certificate must be valid indefinitely.
  • If there is a change of name from that on the documents, you must present a marriage certificate or legal name change document, along with a certified translation if the document is not in English.
  • Photo identification (passport), plus resident alien card if applicable.
  • Graduates from German medical schools will additionally need to provide their four exam results:
    — Arztliche Vorprufung
    — Ersten Abschnitt Prufung
    — Zweiten Abschnitt Prufung
    — Arztliche Prufung

If any documents are not in the English language, you must furnish an official, word-for-word translation of each document. A translation is defined as one that a government official, official translation agency, or college or university official performs. It must be printed or written on the official letterhead or stationery of that official agency. The translator must certify that it is a true translation to the best of his or her knowledge, that he or she is fluent in the language, and that he or she is qualified to translate original documents. The translator must sign his or her name and place their title under the signature.

Certified copies: Notarized photocopies certifying that these are true copies of the original documents. The notary must sign each document. Please mail documents to Suzanne J. Paramore, Medical Genetics Coordinator, 6431 Fannin, MSB 3.142; Houston, TX 77030. For questions please email Suzanne.J.Paramore@uth.tmc.edu.

Residency Rotations:

 

Resident Eligibility, Selection, Evaluation and Promotion

Eligibility and Selection:

Eligibility of residents will be determined in accordance with ACGME General Essentials and Institutional Requirements, as well as with Foundation, UTHSC-Houston and departmental policies and procedures.

Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment:

1. Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

2. Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

3. Graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada who meets one of the following qualifications:

a) Has received a currently valid certficate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

b) Has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. licensing jurisdiction.

4. Graduate of a medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by a LCME-accredited medical school.

The training program will select from among eligible applicants based on the applicant’s:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Ability
  3. Aptitude
  4. Academic Credentials
  5. Communication Skills
  6. Motivation
  7. Integrity

The program will not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Evaluation:

Residents will be evaluated at the end of each monthly clinic rotation by faculty supervising the rotation. The information will be reviewed with the resident who will sign the bottom of the evaluation form indicating that they will understand the comments/criticisms. During research rotations, the resident’s mentor will review progress with the resident on a weekly basis. It is the responsibility of the resident to follow up with any questions that he or she may have regarding an evaluation.

Promotion:

To progress in the program and to successfully complete the program, a resident must demonstrate his or her ability to assume increased responsibility for patient care. Advancement to higher levels of responsibility will be on the basis of an evaluation of his or her readiness for advancement. This determination is the responsibility of the Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Training Program together with input from members of the teaching staff.

Dismissal:

Resident disciplinary actions, including dismissal are carried out in accordance with the policies outlined in The University of Texas System Medical Foundation/UTHSC-Houston Graduate Medical Education Resident Handbook, pages 12 – 16.

Resident Duty Hours:

Regular working hours for the residents will be during scheduled office hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Residents will be expected to take calls after hours for emergency consultations (usually involves lethal trisomies or metabolic emergencies). Residents are expected to see consults on weekends when requested. Faculty will staff all patient consultations with the resident. The resident will be on call approximately two weekends per month. Residents will take calls from home on weeknights during the 18 months of clinical rotations. The number of consults at night or on weekends varies but averages 2-3 times/month. Vacation time for residents is two weeks during Year 1 and three weeks during Years 2,3, and 4.