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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides a foundation in medical genetics. Focuses on teaching genetic disorders using a systems approach. Presents an overview of the disease process and differential diagnosis of related genetic disorders. Includes the following topics: birth defects/embryology, prenatal diagnosis, pulmonary disorders, muscle diseases, hemoglobinopathies, ocular diseases, kidney disorders, craniosynostoses, skin disorders, deafness, because knowledge of the genetic contribution to disorders within these categories is critical to the work of genetic counselors and medical geneticists. Prepares students for the board certification exam given by the American Board of Genetic Counseling upon completion of the ScM in genetic counseling.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
explain the role of alcohol in causing birth defects
explain the types of prenatal screening and diagnosis
explain genetics in limb anomalies and dysmorphic syndromes, pulmonary disorders, kidney disorders, skin disorders, eye disorders, and deafness
compile differential diagnoses based upon major findings of a patient
distinguish among genetic conditions specific to a body system
differentiate the features of the more common genetic disorders
target family and medical histories to disease systems

Methods of Assessment: Written examination and class participation
Location: NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduates
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Required for students other than ScM students

For consent, contact:

415.611 and 415.612

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • NIH