First Year

The first year of training is comprised of 3-month rotation blocks in Adult Genetics, Pediatric Genetics and Biochemical Genetics for a total of 9 months, and one month each in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Prenatal Genetics.  Adult Genetics includes Neurogenetics, Connective Tissue Genetics, Dermatologic Genetics, Cancer Genetics and General Genetics; Pediatric Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics involve significant in-patient consultation. 

Second Year

The second year includes three additional 2-month rotation blocks (6 months total) in Adult Genetics and in Pediatric or Biochemical Genetics with increasing responsibility and autonomy, as well as rotations that develop clinical specialization.

Clinical Facilities

The University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital campuses are about 1.5 miles apart and served by busses with King County Metro Transit. UW Medicine hospitals and programs rank highly in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" issue. Since 2012, UW Medical Center’s patient care has been ranked  No. 1 in the state  and in the Seattle metro area.  In the last few years, the total number of families seen in all the Clinic Genetics programs has exceeded 4,000 with a diversity of diagnoses that spans the full spectrum of genetic conditions.


There are 35 medical geneticists certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in the program based at University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital that include 32 Clinical Medical Geneticists, 7 Clinical Cytogeneticists, 4 Clinical Molecular Geneticists, and 4 Clinical Biochemical Geneticists (this adds to more than 35 because some individuals are certified in more than one specialty). Many of our faculty are leaders in their respective fields. There are 47 faculty who are members of the training program. For more information on our faculty click here.


Trainees are required to participate in Journal Clubs, Clinical Conferences, the Medical Genetics Seminar series and didactic training in the classroom as well as the development of clinical research projects and basic research projects.


All residents are required to perform substantial research leading to presentations at regional or national conferences, and to publications in peer-reviewed journals. The majority of faculty, a cohort of more than 20 individuals, are actively engaged in funded research.

Research mentors are active in all the specialties of medical genetics and additional mentors are found in other Departments within the School of Medicine, including Genome Sciences, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Biomedical History and Ethics, and Laboratory Medicine, in addition to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and the VA Hospital.