The personal nature of clinical genetics services and the small size of the program provide residents with close working relationships with trainers in a variety of settings, including the outpatient clinics at the Waisman Center and outreach sites, as well as inpatient consultations at American Family Children’s Hospital (located immediately across the street), University of Wisconsin Hospital and two local neonatal intensive care units. Within all outpatient settings, residents work collaboratively with board-certified genetics counselors.
Residents will explore options for laboratory placement during the first year of training. Research and will occupy approximately 50% of the second year, and research and/or clinical laboratory training will fill most of the third year. The University community boasts several state-of-the-art research facilities. The Waisman center (in which the clinical program resides) also houses state-of-the -art research space for molecular genetics, gene therapy, stem cell, and clinical research programs. The Genetics and Biotechnology Center contains over 90,000 square feet of research space and 4,500 square feet of USDA-accredited animal facilities, including one for transgenic mice. In addition, there are centralized resources on campus for electron microscopy, DNA synthesis and sequencing, protein synthesis, sequencing and purification, and poly- and monoclonal antibody production, among others.
Residents will have multiple opportunities to gain teaching experience working with residents in pediatrics and other disciplines as they rotate through the genetics service, as well as medical students and genetics counseling interns. Participation in Journal club and other seminars also provides opportunities to enhance teaching skills.