The Cincinnati Children’s Office of Graduate Medical Education has prepared a series of core educational activities for all residents. The program covers topics including biostatistics, leadership transitions and research planning.

In addition to this training, the Division of Human Genetics offers a variety of conferences and lectures to enhance residents’ training. We hold a weekly clinical case conference to discuss patients and families seen during the preceding week and to assign patients to trainees for the upcoming week. This conference is also used as an educational forum to discuss breakthroughs in treatment and management, review complex issues related to patient care and genetic counseling, and to discuss ethical issues.

A separate lysosomal conference is held monthly. In addition, trainees, including medical genetics residents, give didactic presentations of new concepts, overviews of genetic conditions and new research findings as related to patient care.

Most of our other conferences are more formal. The DHG Journal Club is held twice each month, and medical genetics resident attendance is mandatory. Residents present in journal club at least once each year. A weekly lecture series, Topics in Clinical Genomics, is held in conjunction with the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Lectures are mostly clinical in nature, but may also cover ethical issues, counseling issues, basic science, and issues related to systems-based medicine and family support. Presentations are usually given by invited faculty and speakers from Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati. The topics covered in this seminar are generally related to basic science research and in developmental biology. Every month, the division also hosts a quantitative genetics conference, often with outside speakers.

The division also holds a twice-monthly Research Forum. In this conference, we discuss new and ongoing research projects. Residents present their proposed major research projects at this conference.