The Medical Genetics Fellowship at UCSD is a 2-year ACGME accredited program for physicians and physician scientists seeking training in human and medical genetics. Fellows enrolled in this program will gain experience in the approach to evaluation, diagnosis, and management of individuals with a wide variety of birth defects, developmental disorders and genetic conditions.
Physicians completing the UCSD Medical Genetics Fellowship have the capability of performing the wide variety of functions required of a medical geneticist in a number of settings including academic, commercial, or private practice. Because of the small size of our program, the Program Director is able to tailor training to meet the individual needs and interests of each fellow.
In addition to extensive training in adult clinical genetics at University of California San Diego, Naval Medical Center San Diego , and Kaiser Permanente , fellows gain a unique perspective of pediatric clinical genetics at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego . Several multidisciplinary team clinics enrich the expertise of fellows in craniofacial defects, Prader Willi syndrome, muscle disease, cancer genetics, cardiology, and prenatal genetics among others. Fetal medicine at UCSD benefits from close collaboration among genetic specialists and perinatologists.
Fellows also spend a portion of their time in clinical genetics laboratories at University of California San Diego, boosting their knowledge of biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics.
Institutes for Genomic Medicine at Rady and UCSD have incorporated state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise to aid in the diagnosis of children with rare genetic diseases. This early and accurate diagnosis has allowed us to make disease treatment an emphasis in our program.
Furthermore, the Teratology and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders program adds experience on the risks and counseling of prenatal exposures.
We encourage building the foundations for more dedicated research during the entire duration of the program. Fellows are afforded the opportunity to participate in a research focused 3rd year during which some patient activities continue. Research and Clinical faculty participate in a wide range of fundamental research and clinical trials both at UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital.
Our program prepares graduates to sit for the Clinical Genetics Board Examination administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
Miguel Del Campo, MD, PhD