PED 7548

Clinical Genetics and Metabolism


Denise Fogel
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description: This course will be valuable for students interested in any discipline and allows exposure to patients in pediatrics, medicine, and obstetrics/perinatology. The student will build basic genetic skills by participating in the genetics clinic, metabolism clinic, PKU clinic, perinatology clinic, cancer clinic and the molecular diagnostic laboratory at the University of Minnesota Medical Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul and Minneapolis Campuses and the Minnesota Department of Health.


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Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F normal business hours, no overnights or weekends.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives: This course helps the student to learn the fundamentals of clinical genetics, including cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, and genetics counseling.

The student will:

  • be able to examine a child or adult with dysmorphic features and to accurately record the findings;
  • be able to recognize common chromosomal disorders;
  • be able to recognize common dominant and recessive gene disorders;
  • be able to recognize common birth defects and to understand the genetic implications of these disorders;
  • be introduced to the techniques of genetic counseling;
  • become familiar with special laboratory tests including chromosome analysis; and
  • become familiar with the regular application of genetic principles to the practice of medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.

Graded Components: 

  • Clinical assessment by faculty
  • 20 minute presentation

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience:

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