In August 2007 Medical Genetics was elevated from sub-specialty to primary specialty status in recognition of the increasing importance of genetics in medical practice. Registered medical practitioners are eligible to apply for specialty training in medical genetics. The education program at UCT extends over four years and leads to a Fellowship in Medical Genetics and an MMed in Medical Genetics. Like the field of Medical Genetics, training is very diverse, and specialty training in medical genetics at UCT involves:
- Clinical rotations in prenatal, paediatric and adult Medical Genetics. These include exposure to dysmorphology, teratogenic disorders, metabolic disorders, neurogenetics, cardiogenetics and cancer genetics, (amongst others)
- Theoretic and practical education in genetic counselling and communication
- Laboratory rotations in cytogenetics and molecular genetics
- A research project leading to an MMed is a requirement
Overtime commitments are limited but academic interest is essential.
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