2012 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting

Trainee, Fellows and Student Activities at the 2012 ACMG Annual Meeting

The following networking and educational opportunities will be available to Trainees, Residents, Post Doctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows and Students attending the 2012 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting.


Trainee/Resident/Fellows/Students Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 27
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Westin Charlotte Hotel


Trainee Workshop:  The Road to Success in Medical Genetics - An Educational Primer

Wednesday, March 28
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Charlotte Convention Center

Proposing a research project, writing a manuscript, and applying for a grant can be routine for senior faculty but can be difficult for trainees and junior faculty. This educational workshop will explore the Institutional Review Board process, applying for grants - including NIH grants, and getting a manuscript written and published. In addition, we will explore job opportunities in the academic environment and private sector.


Trainee/Mentor Luncheon 

Wednesday, March 28
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Charlotte Convention Center


Special Student Session
Careers in Medical Genetics: An Informational Session for Students

Friday, March 30
1:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Registration Required - Cost - Complimentary in advance; $25 on-site
Registration for this afternoon session will include admission to the Exhibit Hall on Friday - open 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

With our growing understanding of the role of genetics in disease, there is an urgent need for health care professionals trained to interpret and utilize complex genetic and genomic information for optimal patient care in clinical, laboratory and other settings. 

This special session for undergraduate, graduate and medical students will:

  • introduce students to medical genetics as a career path;
  • inform students of training pathways that lead to careers in medical genetics;
  • educate students about current topics in medical genetics; and,
  • provide an opportunity for students to interact with practicing geneticists.


Moderator: Raye L. Alford, PhD, FACMG, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 

1:15pm - 2:15 pm:  “A Day in the Life of a Medical Geneticist”
Speakers: Mira Irons, MD, FACMG, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Thomas W. Prior, PhD, FACMG, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Michelle A. Fox, MS, CGC, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 

2:15pm - 2:45 pm:  “Training Pathways to Careers in Medical Genetics”
Speakers: Miriam G. Blitzer, PhD, FACMG, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Erynn Gordon, MS, CGC, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ

2:45 pm -3:15 pm:  “Realizing the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Integrating Genetic and Genomic Information and Technology into Medical Practice”
Speaker: Michael F. Murray, MD, FACMG, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm:  Refreshment Break 

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm:  “Transformation of the Medical Genetics Laboratory: Integrating Advanced Genetic and Genomic Technologies into the Detection of Genetic Variations and the Molecular Diagnosis of Genetic Susceptibilities”
Speaker: Wayne Grody, MD, PhD, FACMG, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm:  Student and Trainee Panel Discussion with Audience Questions & Answers
Panelists: TBA. 

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm:  Reception with Refreshments
Specialty tables staffed by practicing geneticists and laboratory specialists will provide students an opportunity to learn more about the specialty of medical genetics and its various training pathways. 


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