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The reason why I pursue residency in US is to get trained in clinical genetics. Although there are some programs offering combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics, the number of available positions each year are small thus it's very competitive to get matched into that program. My plan is to apply for Categorical Pediatrics then continue fellowship in Medical Genetics. I have two questions :
1. Do you have suggestions which type of Pediatrics program that I should apply to ? Should it be a university program or any community program is good enough ?
2. What type of US clinical experience that is most appropriate for me ? Should I consider research experience ? Before I moved in to US, I worked in a genetic clinic in a prestigious research institute in my country, it was hands on clinical experience with limited lab work.

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As a general rule, University programs are better suited if you are looking to get fellowship after residency.

As for what kind of USCE, then you should be looking for clinical pediatric USCE so that you can increase your chances of getting the pediatric residency and then in the pediatric residency you can do some genetics related research so that you can increase your chances of getting into genetics fellowship.

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Thanks Sabio,
In my case, do you think having a master degree in genetics is preferred over clinical experience ?
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Thanks Sabio,
In my case, do you think having a master degree in genetics is preferred over clinical experience ?
It's better for the fellowship but it's not better for the residency.
Residency programs just want to make sure that you have enough clinical exposure in US so that you can deal with their patients.
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Dear Sabio,
I recently read on SDN that if u do a fellowship in Genetics in Peds then u only get the experience but u will not be board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics unless u do a combined Peds-Genetics residency which I hear is difficult to get. So what is the path towards peds genetics as an IMG? According to Freida, only 15 programs in the States offer positions in Peds-Genetics.
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I am one of the candidates for this year combined peds-genetics residency. As for this year, out of 16 programs in the US, only 12 of them participate in the match. From the NRMP directory, a total of 16 spots are going for the match so it is indeed competitive to get into this residency. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Medical genetics is a primary medical specialty but it's unique in a sense that one can't directly enter this specialty after graduating from medical school but needs to finish at least 2 years of training in an accredited residency program e.g.; pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology, and ob-gyn. If you prefer to complete your first residency training then continue with medical genetics as a "fellow" (in my opinion this is not the correct terminology since medical genetics is a primary specialty NOT a fellowship), you definitely can be a board certified geneticist should you pass the board exam.
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Good luck harlesmd. I hope u match!!
So are u saying that you can do categorical peds residency and then do a fellowship in peds-genetics and eventually do the board of genetics exam to be board certified?
Or do 2 years of residency in peds in the States and then transfer to peds-genetics? Which would be a better option?
How long is the peds-genetics fellowship program?
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Thanks for the best wishes.

After you complete categorical peds residency, you can apply for categorical medical genetics residency. This is another 2 years of training and once you complete it, you are eligible for board certification in medical genetics. There's no such thing as pediatric-genetics fellowship. Once you are a board certified geneticist, you can take care patients with genetically influenced disorders from newborn to adult . It's not limited only to pediatrics population although your background training was pediatrics.
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Let me make it clear, there are two pathways to become a pediatric-geneticist :
1. Complete 3 years of categorical pediatrics training then continue with categorical medical genetics training for another 2 years.
2. Complete 5 years of combined pediatrics-medical genetics training.

The advantage of choosing combined degree pathway are :
1. You will receive 6 months extra training in genetics (although the total training is still 5 years)
2. You can immediately apply your pediatrics knowledge to genetics and vice versa.
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You might want to look into pediatric residencies, NJ the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center presently accepts 7 categorical interns. You should contact them to find out more about options they may have for you.
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Let me make it clear, there are two pathways to become a pediatric-geneticist :
1. Complete 3 years of categorical pediatrics training then continue with categorical medical genetics training for another 2 years.
2. Complete 5 years of combined pediatrics-medical genetics training.

The advantage of choosing combined degree pathway are :
1. You will receive 6 months extra training in genetics (although the total training is still 5 years)
2. You can immediately apply your pediatrics knowledge to genetics and vice versa.
Hey!
Harlesmd, I've seen your posts about getting into medical genetics, I know those are the main pathways to get a residency. I would like to know how was your experience in applying for those programs, I'm also interested in MG, but I wanna know how to upgrade my CV so I can get into the residency,

right now I'm doing my step 1 on November, and I'm working as a volunteer/self made fellow at the only medical genetics clinic in my country, I'm working in a genetics research project.
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