PED3-4009 Goals & Objectivs

Clinical Genetics


  •        The student is expected to attend all genetics clinics and to participate in all hospital consultations.
  •        The student will learn to take an detailed history and perform a dysmorphic physical examination.
  •        The student will learn to take an accurate 3-generation family history and draw a pedigree.
  •        The student will learn a general approach to the evaluation of patients with developmental delay, autism, and/or dysmorphic features.
  •        The student will discuss the presenting signs and symptoms for common genetic disorders such as trisomy 21, Turner syndrome, fragile X, neurofibromatosis, Marfan syndrome, etc. and identify accepted guidelines for care.
  •        The student will assist in developing a management plan for commonly encountered genetic disorders including long-term management, use of disorder-specific growth charts, and practice guidelines.
  •        The student will learn the use and indications for various genetic tests including chromosome analysis, microarray analysis, and various gene tests.
  •        The student will describe common patterns of mendelian versus non-mendelian inheritance as well as unusual patterns of inheritance including mitochondrial, triplet repeats, and imprinting.
  •        The student will identify disorders screened for by the newborn screening program.
  •        The student will learn internet and other resources and support groups for known genetic disorders.
  •        The student will recognize the indicators that would lead one to see a genetics consultation.
  •        The student will learn the presenting signs and symptoms that may be caused by an inborn error of metabolism or other urgent condition, which needs prompt referral.
  •        The student will demonstrate confidence with interpersonal skills and communication with patients and families as well as professional associates.
  •        The student will identify personal learning needs related to the subspecialty of Medical Genetics.
  •        The student will have a laboratory experience in which they analyze their own karyotype and spend time with the laboratory director discussing various tests such as chromosome analysis, FISH, and microarray analysis.

















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