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Program Coordinator, Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program
Chwanda Frazier
Phone: 305-243-6056
Email: c.frazier@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. To be considered, a minimum of three letters of recommendation are required (additional information provided via the Electronic Residency Application System).

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from July to September. Interviews are conducted in September and early October.

Call Schedule

Call schedule depends on the residents and is usually no more than six months a year.

Weekday calls are to provide care of inpatient or potential positive newborn screening cases. Weekend calls are taken from home. There is always an attending on-call, as well as a nurse practitioner working side-by-side with the resident.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

900 N.W. 17th Street

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Miami)

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Deerfield)

1192 E. Newport Center Drive

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

5555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Weston Family Health Center

1855 N. Corporate Lakes Boulevard

Weston, FL 33326

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All residency applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills prior to acceptance into the program. Step 3 must be successfully completed prior to graduation from the program.

Postgraduate Training:
The residency is open to MD and DO physicians who have completed at least 12 months in a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency

Mission & Vision

Our mission at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics is to train residents to be competent and independently practicing physicians in all areas of genetics. We provide excellent training, exposing residents to state-of-the-art clinical and translational genetics. We also support our residents in their clinical rotations and scholarly activities. We teach residents to be effective educators, provide them with the tools to be effective members and leaders of healthcare teams and facilitate residents in developing skills for lifelong learning. We also give our residents the training foundation to seek further specialization in any medical genetic area that they may choose.

The goal of our residency program is to teach a new generation of physicians about medical genetics and how it affects all disciplines of medicine. The program is designed to promote inquisitiveness through research and to deepen medical genetic knowledge with the purpose of assessing, treating and counseling patients with inheritable genetic diseases and helping such patients to live productive lives within the spectrum of their condition.

Mission & Vision

Our mission at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics is to train residents to be competent and independently practicing physicians in all areas of genetics. We provide excellent training, exposing residents to state-of-the-art clinical and translational genetics. We also support our residents in their clinical rotations and scholarly activities. We teach residents to be effective educators, provide them with the tools to be effective members and leaders of healthcare teams and facilitate residents in developing skills for lifelong learning. We also give our residents the training foundation to seek further specialization in any medical genetic area that they may choose.

The goal of our residency program is to teach a new generation of physicians about medical genetics and how it affects all disciplines of medicine. The program is designed to promote inquisitiveness through research and to deepen medical genetic knowledge with the purpose of assessing, treating and counseling patients with inheritable genetic diseases and helping such patients to live productive lives within the spectrum of their condition.

Program Director’s Welcome

Program Director’s Welcome

I am very excited about, and appreciate, your interest in our program and look forward to showing you what makes us so proud of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency.

Our medical genetics residency program focuses on teaching through didactics, formal discussions and clinical encounters under the guidance of board-certified faculty mentors, board-certified genetic counselors and clinical and basic scientist researchers. The program involves evaluation of patients seen and treated in clinic and/or consults, presentation of clinical cases, coursework, conferences and readings that cover a broad spectrum of medical genetics information and terminology.

Exposure to cancer genetics; cardiogenetics; connective tissue disorders; dermatogenetics disorders; dysmorphology; eye genetics; hearing loss; inborn errors of metabolism; neurogenetics; newborn screening and prenatal diagnosis; as well as laboratory rotations in biochemical, cytogenetic and molecular laboratories are important components of the learning residents will experience. Residents are expected to participate in the education of other residents and medical students and to develop more autonomy in patient and lab diagnosis and management to enter the field without supervision.

Our residents work in concert with a robust team of professionals, including, but not limited to, administrative personnel; board-certified genetic counselors; clinical and support staff and nutritionists, as well as rotating residents from other departments.

In addition to providing a top-notch program, Miami — known for its natural beauty and abundance of multicultural experiences — is the perfect place to live and work. I invite you to come and see this wonderful program and city for yourself and understand why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the UM/Jackson Health System.

-Deborah Barbouth, MD

Description

Exposure to cancer genetics; cardiogenetics; connective tissue disorders; dermatogenetics disorders; dysmorphology; eye genetics; hearing loss; inborn errors of metabolism; neurogenetics; newborn screening and prenatal diagnosis; as well as laboratory rotations in biochemical, cytogenetic and molecular laboratories are important components of the learning residents will experience. Residents are expected to participate in the education of other residents and medical students and to develop more autonomy in patient and lab diagnosis and management to enter the field without supervision.

Our residents work in concert with a robust team of professionals, including, but not limited to, administrative personnel; board-certified genetic counselors; clinical and support staff and nutritionists, as well as rotating residents from other departments.

In addition to providing a top-notch program, Miami — known for its natural beauty and abundance of multicultural experiences — is the perfect place to live and work. I invite you to come and see this wonderful program and city for yourself and understand why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the UM/Jackson Health System.

-Deborah Barbouth, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

1

Duration of Residency?

2 years

Program Highlights

1 of only 3 newborn screening centers in the state of Florida

Use of telemedicine for modernized continuity of care

Multi-disciplinary clinics & patient diversity

Program Curriculum

Overview

Resident education is a priority for the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Graduate Medical Education Program. During the Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency, Thursday mornings are protected education time for residents. The morning starts with metabolic rounds at 8 a.m., followed by didactics or board review at 8:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. we have post-clinic rounds and discussion of potential candidates for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network clinic until 11:30 a.m. Residents are relieved of all clinical duties in order to attend and actively participate in these activities. In addition, the faculty provides smaller group didactic sessions on a daily/weekly basis depending on the rotation and specialty. Daily one-on-one teaching is also stressed, especially when on call.

Grand rounds occur four times a year and case conferences occur once a month with postgraduate students from the Master of Science in Genomic Medicine Program. The department enjoys a very active visiting professor lecture program, with many prominent speakers featured throughout the year. We are lucky to have basic scientists and a well-rounded research center.

Year 1

In each genetics rotation, the resident observes faculty members and genetic counselors during patient evaluations. These include observing the history, physical examination, presentation of diagnosis, communicating impression and plan-of-care to the family, and reviewing written documentation detailing the clinical visit. At the discretion of the attending physician, the resident is encouraged to perform the history and physical examination on their own, directly present their findings to the attending who helps formulate the proposed diagnostic and management plans and re-examine the patient and share counseling information with the family. Based on direct observation by the attending physician, the resident is encouraged to see more patients independently. The residents are also encouraged to see a few patients with the genetic counselor to learn how to obtain detailed family history and to observe counseling skills. With increasing experience, the resident is expected to play a more active role in presenting appropriate differential diagnosis, a diagnostic plan to the attending and to provide genetic counseling for the family, with the faculty member in attendance. Although residents assume a progressively more central role in patient evaluations over time, an attending geneticist directly supervises the trainee, evaluating every patient and signing the clinic note.

For an inpatient consultation, early in training, the resident typically observes the attending perform patient assessment and family counseling. As the resident gains increasing competence in diagnosis and counseling, the attending faculty member allows the resident greater independence, though they will continue to directly supervise all aspects of the consultation. In the case of a metabolic patient who becomes critically ill, the resident and attending work closely together. The on-call physician carries a cellphone to ensure direct supervision and provide immediate availability and involvement in every case. In the case that the on-call physician cannot be reached, the residents know to call the program director or associate program director.

Year 2

With increasing experience, the resident is expected to play a more active role in presenting appropriate differential diagnosis and diagnostic plans to the attending and to provide genetic counseling for the family, with the faculty member in attendance. By the second half of the second year, residents will be expected to examine and evaluate both inpatients and outpatients with minimal input from attending physicians. The attending will review cases with residents and will check key findings, but the resident will essentially serve as the consultant, including communicating with the referring physician. Although residents assume a progressively more central role in patient evaluations over time, an attending geneticist directly supervises the trainee, evaluating every patient and signing the clinic note.

Your Faculty

Deborah Barbouth, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program
Medical Director, Newborn Screening for South Florida

Guney Bademci, MD
Director, Molecular Laboratory Services

Yao-Shan Fan, MD, PhD
Professor, Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory

Irman Forghani, MD
Assistant Professor

Jingyu Huang, Ph.D., MT, CLS
Assistant Lab Director

Kumarie Latchman, DO
Clinical Geneticist

Mustafa Tekin, MD
Chief, Clinical and Translational Genetics Division
Professor

Willa Thorson, MD
Assistant Professor

Alumni Placements Include:

AdventHealth Medical Group
Stanford University
West Virginia University Cancer Institute
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Miami
University of Oklahoma

Alumni Placements Include:

AdventHealth Medical Group
Stanford University
West Virginia University Cancer Institute
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Miami
University of Oklahoma