McMaster University

McMaster University

Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)

Dr McCready
Liz McCready, Program Director & Associate Professor
McMaster Univeristy
3N20 Health Sciences Centre
905-521-2100 ext 73706

Program Overview

Complete and submit the CCMG Fellowship Application Form

Applications to either the clinical genetics or clinical biochemical genetics fellowship programs should be submitted through the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Medical Education Program.

The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) post-graduate fellowship training program provides clinical and laboratory training in genetics. McMaster University offers a full range of two or three year subspecialty genetics programs that follow the guidelines established and published by the CCMG.

The clinical training path includes programs in either clinical genetics or  metabolic genetics (clinical biochemical genetics). This path is for trainees with a medical doctor (MD) degree and at least three years of residency training in a program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and/or Collège des Médecins du Québec (CMQ).

The laboratory training path includes programs in cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics (laboratory) for trainees with a PhD or an MD with training in a laboratory-based residency program. In general, a PhD trainee must have strong genetics experience acquired during their MSc or PhD.

The CCMG training guidelines are modeled after the CanMEDS framework. This framework includes the competencies required of specialists and the role of the specialist beyond that of the specialty medical expert. The other roles of the specialist are now recognized as that of communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar, and professional. The detailed objectives describe minimal standards and in no way exclude the necessity for mastery of additional knowledge, skills or attitudes necessary for the practice of genetics.

On successful completion of the educational program, the trainee will be eligible to sit the CCMG fellowship exams, offered every two years. Successful candidates will be competent to function as clinical consultants in clinical or metabolic genetics or as a laboratory specialist in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, or biochemical genetics.

The training programs can be quite flexible, including the possibility of certification in more than one CCMG discipline at the end of the training period. For further inquires please contact the Program Director.

Elizabeth McCready, Program Director & Associate Professor
McMaster University
3N19 Health Sciences Centre
905-521-2100 ext 73706

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