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Careers in Genetics


Careers in Clinical Genetics

There are a range of skills needed to provide a comprehensive Medical or Clinical Genetics service. These are recognised by the three constitutive groups of the BSGM. Scientific staff either work in cytogenetics or molecular and biochemical genetics both of which are represented by the Association for Clinical Genetic Science (ACGS). These professions require a relevant University degree followed by further professional training and qualifications.

Genetic nurses are usually trained as general nurses or midwives prior to specialising in Medical Genetics. Genetic counsellors and associates, have a variety of backgrounds, but typically have either scientific or paramedical training. See the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors website for further details.

Clinical Geneticists are medical doctors, who specialise in diagnosing, advising about, and, in some instances, managing genetic conditions represented by the Clinical Genetics Society. The training required following medical school is laid down by the Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training (JCHMT). Briefly, it consists 3 to 5 years general professional training in General Medicine and/or Paediatrics (preferably both), and successful completion of a postgraduate diploma (usually MRCP or MRCPCH). This is followed by competitive entry into a 4 year Specialist Registrar training post in a Regional Genetics centre. Many people also take higher research degrees (M.D. or Ph.D.).


Careers in Clinical Genetics