Our Educational Programs : MD/MS Program in Genomic Medicine

Program of Study

The Master’s in Genomic Medicine (MSGM) coursework is concurrent with the UM Miller School of Medicine MD Program beginning in Spring semester of the first year and ending upon completion of the MD program in the 4th year. Each course is made up of self-guided online instruction and in-person small group work. In the first two years, online instruction is expected to require approximately 3 hours per week of time commitment. Small group work is an additional 3 hour block of time per week that will be determined upon the MD program schedule for that semester. Years 3 and 4 contain a clinical clerkship elective and a practicum experience culminating in the master’s paper.

Spring Semester, Year 1 (6 credits)

GNM 680 – Genome Ethics and Public Policy (full semester – 3 credits)
This course builds on Fundamentals of Genomic Medicine, taking a case-based approach to discussing ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic medicine.

GNM 610 – Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine I (full semester – 3 credits)
The Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine series provides genomic medicine case studies and systems-based learning paralleling the medical school core curriculum.

Fall, Year 2 (7 credits)

GNM 660 – Computational Methods for Genomic Medicine (full semester – 3 credits)
This course will build on the experience gained in Genomic Medicine Laboratory to provide instruction on basic biostatistical terminologies and tests for clinical genetics data and risk assessment and bioinformatics tools used to provide medical annotation and clinical interpretation.

GNM 602 – Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine II (full semester – 3 credits)
The Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine series provides genomic medicine case studies and systems-based learning paralleling the medical school core curriculum. Topics covered in the fall include respiratory system, nephrology, gastroenterology and nutrition.

GNM 605 – Research Ethics (full semester- 1 credit)
Prior to conducting research as part of the genomic practicum, students will receive training in the responsible conduct of research, protection of human subjects, and obtaining regulatory approval.

Spring, Year 2 (7 credits)

GNM 630 – Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine III (full semester – 4 credits)
The Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine series provides genomic medicine case studies and systems-based learning paralleling the medical school core curriculum.

GNM 631 – Genomic Medicine Laboratory (full semester – 3 credits)
Students will rotate in the molecular genetics and biochemical genetics diagnostic laboratories, gaining experience with genomic testing in a clinical setting and interpretation and communication of results.

Years 3 & 4 (10 credits)

MDR 890 – Genomic Medicine Clerkship (two 2-week sessions – 2 credits each session)
Students will complete an elective clerkship in genomic medicine or medical genetics completed as part of the MD curriculum.

GNM 690 – Capstone Experience (6 credits)
Students will choose a mentor and complete a clinical or research project focusing on an aspect of genomic medicine. Additional components include genomic case reports and online journal club discussions. This experience will culminate in a written portfolio and public presentation of the Capstone experience.