In order for trainees to be successful, we have developed an outline of the requirements for each specialty. On the next pages are those goals and objectives trainees will have to meet to graduate in that particular specialty.
Twice a year evaluation forms will be sent to both trainees and faculty for their responses. The residents/fellows are required to evaluate both the clinical and research faculty with whom they interact. As well, the faculty, both research and clinical, will evaluate the trainees on their clinical and/or research skills. Additionally, once a year trainees are requested to complete an evaluation on the program itself.
Common to all the specialties are the following requirements:
1. Attendance at the Medical Genetics Course in Basic, Human and Medical Genetics. This course is mandatory for all residents/fellows for a period of one year. This half-day program currently takes place on Monday mornings from September to June and is the equivalent of a one-year post-medical school level genetics course that includes well-structured education in population and quantitative genetics, mendelian and non-mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics and molecular genetics.
2. Annual Research Retreat with presentations by the residents/fellows.
This is a relaxed, informal event at which residents/fellows and faculty meet to hear research presentations given by the trainees. Both clinical and bench research are represented in these presentations and all residents/fellows are expected to make at least one presentation at a retreat during their training.
3. Annual Spring Graduation and Program Retreat. This is an informal, half-day event at which residents, fellows and faculty meet to discuss the program in general, it's strengths and weaknesses, and how improvements can be made. Both clinical and research viewpoints are expressed concerning all aspects of the program.
4. Attendance at the educational programs of each campus. Residents/fellows must attend a variety of educational activities at their respective campus. These include clinical review and research conferences, medical and scientific ethics conferences, research seminars, teaching rounds, lab meetings, Grand Rounds, and journal clubs.
5. Self-Assessment Tests. Each year there will be one or more self-assessment tests given. These exams contain questions related to general genetic issues (including risk assessment, counseling and screening, modes of inheritance, ethics), quantitative genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and biochemical genetics. Test scores will be distributed to the intercampus Executive Committee and the Residency Directors, if appropriate. These scores will indicate areas of both strength and weakness. Counseling will be given about strategies to improve your weak areas, including available educational opportunities that might facilitate improvement in those areas.