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Department: MEGNT-Molecular and Human Genetics
Course: 522-GTC Clinical Genetics

Course Director: Shweta U. Dhar, M.D.
Course Faculty: Lorraine Potocki, M.D.,Shweta U. Dhar, M.D.
Elective Location: BTGH,SLEH,VAMC
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Medicine & Pediatrics
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8am - 4pm Inpatient Ward: 0
Night Call: 0 Inpatient consultations: 50
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics: 50
Weekends: 0 Surgery: 0
    Laboratory 0
  Didactic: 0
  Other: 0
Statement of Goals:
The Genetics track curriculum is a 4-year program for medical students who desire increaded exposure to basic and clinical genetics and genomics. It's goal is to build upon the foundation of basic genetic principles provided to all BCM students in the preclinical curriculum with additional education experiences in medical genetics. It works towards enhancing the medical student experience in clinical medicine to include a broad range of patients with genetic conditions. As part of their requirements, the GTC students are required to complete three 2-week blocks in clinical genetics. They are required to complete one 2-week rotation in adult genetics and one 2-week rotation in pediatric genetics. This elective will serve to complete this reqirement. The additional 2-week requirement can be fulfilled by taking an adult genetics or pediatric genetics selective.
Learning Activities
Didactic sessions will include attending weekly post-clinic conference and monthly cancer genetics case conference, where patients seen the previous month are discussed and cases reviewed. There are additional teaching conferences held each week by the genetics department including a Monday noon conference and Friday grand rounds that review topics of clinical relevance. A key to recognizing genetic diseases is the ability to take a detailed family history and record a family pedigree efficiently and effectively. Students will learn to generate a family pedigree as well as the utility of specialized genetic tests used to diagnose adults with genetic diseases. They will also get an opportunity to attend counseling sessions with the genetic counselor. ADULT GENETICS (2 WEEKS): Students will attend three outpatient clinics held every week at the Ben Taub General Hospital outpatient clinic (Smith Clinic), the VA Medical Center and at Baylor Clinic. They will also get an opportunity to see inpatient consultations at the Ben Taub General Hospital VA Medical Center, and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. PEDIATRIC GENETICS (2 WEEKS): Students will attend one full day outpatient clinic at Texas Children's Hospital as will as one half-day of metabolic genetics at TCH. They will also work with the genetics consult fellows and see inpatient consultations at Texas Children's Hospital, Women's Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital.
Evaluation Methods
Students are evaluated by the director of the Adult Genetics service, Dr. Dhar during their adult rotation and by Dr. Potocki during their Pediatric Genetics rotation along with input from other clinical faculty who observe the student's work. Evaluation consists of review of written histories and physcials, oral presentation of cases, familiarity with medical literature including ability to provide a differential diagnosis, and interest and participation in the adult clinical genetics service. Minimum required hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm with no nights or weekends or beeper calls.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Tanya Eble; Veronica Cortez
Contact Phone: 713-798-7820
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: Medical Towers, Room 17.16, MS: BCM228

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