ovalAdvancing genetics knowledge

The Division of Human Genetics faculty and staff are actively engaged in the education mission – to provide talks to physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and the community. Division members serve as clinical genetic coordinators for the current medical school curriculum for preclinical students and have collaborated in the development of the Lead, Serve, Inspire (LSI) curriculum, serving on the curriculum implementation team and the evaluation and assessment team.

Student and post-graduate rotations

The Division of Human Genetics provides education and rotations for medical students, residents and fellows. It also provides learning opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and high school students interested in genetics. For students in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, teaching begins in the pre-clinical years with lectures and case-based discussions. During their clinical years, students may take a one-month human genetics rotation that offers research as well as clinical opportunities.

Senior internal medicine residents have a unique opportunity for an extended three-month genetics rotation. The resident spends two afternoons each week in the division, one to participate in Family Review (a case discussion) and one to participate in clinic. Internal medicine residents may also have research opportunities. Hematology and oncology fellows may also take a human genetics rotation that offers research as well as clinical opportunities.

We also participate in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Genetics Residency Program and Fellowship in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics. Residents and fellows in these programs participate in rotations in our division. During this rotation, residents participate in the care of and fellows observe the care of patients in our Clinical Cancer Genetics and Medical Genetics and Genomics Programs, as well as our multidisciplinary specialty clinics.

Undergraduate students and high school students interested in genetics and genetic counseling may also be provided with opportunities for shadowing or volunteering. All rotations require pre-approval by the human genetics division director.

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

The Ohio State University College of Medicine offers a Master’s degree in genetic counseling. The mission of The Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is to train knowledgeable, compassionate and scholarly genetic counselors.

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Community Outreach

Through seminars, support group talks, educational fairs and TV programs, our faculty actively educate the medical professional community (physicians, nurses, trainees) and the general public. Examples include tumor boards presentations at area hospitals, information booths at community events (such as The Ohio State University Wellness Fair and Race for the Cure) and speaking to local high school and college students.

For more information on having a Human Genetics speaker at your next event, please contact Praacnaa Colestock, Phone: 614-293-4347.

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