J Genet Med.  2007 Dec;4(2):142-159.

Development of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical geneticist as a specialist in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Medical Genetics Clinic & Laboratory, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea. hwyoo@amc.seoul.kr
  • 2Hamchoon Women's Clinic, Korea.
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cheil General Hospital & Women's Healthcare Center, Korea.
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, Hallym University School of Medicine, Korea.
  • 5Center for Genetic Disease, Ajou University Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to provide prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical genetics professionals as clinical specialist and set up guidelines on curriculum of medical genetics training program in Korea.
METHODS
Six ad hoc committees for clinical geneticist, clinical cytogeneticist, clinical molecular geneticist, clinical biochemical geneticist, medical genetics technologists and genetic counselors were organized for reviewing current status in Korea as well as foreign countries. Each committee is composed of 6-8 members. They summarized their opinions according to the structured questionnaire inquiring the ways of accrediting training program, qualification of program director, trainee requirements, contents of curriculum, duration of training program, certification process, estimation of numbers of each specialist needed in next 5 years in Korea.
RESULTS
Both prerequisites for the accreditation of medical geneticist training institutions and qualification of program director are suggested. Candidacy of trainees requires MD with board of medical specialty, or PhD degree with professional experiences in related field except clinical genetics program which only accepts MD with board of medical specialty, and Non-MD genetic counselor and medical technologists with degrees of BS or MS. General duration of fellowship will be 2-3 years depending on the categories they are enrolled into. Contents of curriculum for each speciality training are described. For the certification of each category, the candidacy should submit a log book detailing the cases they experienced during the fellowship, prove that they successfully completed course work and clinical experiences in the accredited program, and pass the written examination.
CONCLUSION
As medical genetics becomes more important in daily routine clinical practice, the accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification of personnel are urgently needed. In this regard, the study will be providing guidelines and prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical genetics professionals as clinical specialist.

Keyword

Medical Genetics Training Program; Accreditation; Certification
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