Clinical and Metabolic Genetics

The role of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children is to develop and maintain facilities, services and personnel for the diagnosis, management and genetic counselling of individuals/families affected with or at risk for the development of genetic disorders. While most families referred for genetic services will come from southern Ontario, particularly the Greater Toronto Area, the division also accepts referrals from other Canadian and international centres.

Active members of the division within the Research Institute have made fundamental contributions to our understanding of molecular and developmental biology of a wide range of genetic disorders including overgrowth syndromes, cancer predisposition syndromes, and dysmorphology syndromes. The division is internationally recognized in the field of clinical dysmorphology and syndrome delineation and characterization. 

The division provides leadership in education for geneticists and genetic counsellors, for advancement of knowledge relevant to genetic diseases, as well as for local, national, and international dissemination of this knowledge.

Visit sickkids.ca to read more about the Division of Clinical Genetics & Metabolics.

Subspecialty Training Program and Clinical Fellowship in Clinical and Metabolic Genetics

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 first 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:

Katie Lancaster
The Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Email: katie.lancaster@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.

CaRMS

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.

For more information, please contact:

Katie Lancaster
The Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
email: kaite.lancaster@sickkids.ca

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
Katie Lancaster, 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
www.moleculargenetics.utoronto.ca

See more information about our Genetic Counselling services.

Accreditations

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.

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.

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.

See more information about our Genetic Counselling services.

Electives

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. 

Contact

Postgraduate - Please forward your request to:
The Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8
Fax: 416-813-5345
Email: brittany.marshman@sickkids.ca 

Observers - please contact brittany.marshman@sickkids.ca for more details