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Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Clinical and Metabolic Genetics

Education and learning


There are fellowship training programs in clinical and metabolic genetics which are accredited by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG). They include extensive clinical exposure as well as rotations through service laboratories and a short research project. We see a wide variety of genetics problems, including dysmorphology, metabolic and prenatal cases and have a busy inpatient and outpatient service. We are backed up by biochemical, molecular and cytogenetic laboratories. 

The Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine also offers laboratory fellowships in biochemical, cytogenetics and molecular genetics that are accredited by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.

Application Deadline is the 1st of March one year prior to requested start date, regardless of funding type. 

Academic Year runs from July 1 to June 30. 

For an application form, please contact:

Brittany Marshman
The Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
email: genetics.training@sickkids.ca
For further information: Canadian College of Medical Geneticists

Residency Program in Medical Genetics

The Residency Program in Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto is a five-year program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). This includes two years of basic clinical training in paediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology, followed by genetics training. The latter includes exposure to laboratory specialties (molecular genetics, biochemical and cytogenetics), biochemical genetics, clinical genetics and protected research time.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Our programs are committed to excellence in training individuals for careers in academic and research-based genetics. SickKids is enriched by collaboration with our Research Institute and activities with the basic scientists include regular combined rounds and seminars.

To view Dr. Roberto Mendoza's interview with PGME discussing the Genetics Residency Program, click here.

Master of Science Program in Genetic Counselling

The graduate Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at SickKids, has established a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling. The first class was accepted for the 1998/1999 academic year. The program incorporates academic and clinical training to provide students with the knowledge and skills to function as competent genetic counsellors in a variety of settings. The program was designed in accordance with the practice-based competencies of The American Board of Genetic Counseling. Our internationally distinguished faculty is committed to:

  • Comprehensive and compassionate genetic counselling
  • Leading edge research in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases
  • Excellence in education

Cheryl Shuman, MS, CGC Program Director
David Chitayat, MD, FABMG, FACMG, FCCMG, FRCPC Medical Director
Brittany.Marshman@sickkids.ca, Education Coordinator

Further information about this program can be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building,
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON
M5S 1S8
email: Molecular.medgen@utoronto.ca

See more information about our Genetic Counselling services.


  1. Royal College External Review 2009 (Accredited).  This is a mandated five-year review of all branches of clinical and laboratory medicine and surgery, except family medicine. The "General Standards of Accreditation" can be located here.
  2. CCMG Accreditation (Accredited) 2010
    Accredited as a comprehensive centre for service and training. This is a comprehensive mandated five-year re-application for accreditation to the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.
  3. American Board of Genetic Counselling (Full Accreditation) 2009
    The ABGC establishes and maintains criteria for graduate-level education and clinical training of genetic counsellors.

Ontario Council of Graduate Studies 2004 (Accredited - M.Sc. Program in Genetic Counselling)
OCGS is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities and strives to ensure quality graduate education and research across Ontario. OCGS conducts quality reviews of graduate programs.


An elective in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics enables you to explore genetics by gaining experience beyond the available curriculum as well as introducing you to various clinical activities of the Division which include outpatient clinics (General Genetics, Genetic Metabolic and subspecialty), the inpatient consult service and educational activities, such as departmental rounds and seminars. For further information, please contact the following:

Genetic Grand Rounds - Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. 


Khadine Wiltshire

International Learner Program ™

For more information, visit the application page for International Medical Observers


If you are interested in volunteering in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, please complete the Volunteer Information Form and send to genetics.volunteer@sickkids.ca. Your application will be added to our divisional database which faculty can access when they are looking for a volunteer. We keep all applications on file for eight months. 

For hospital wide volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteering