Division of Genetics and Genomics Clinician Resources

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The Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children’s Hospital provides training, observerships and CME presentations for the clinical community. For providers seeking consultations, genetic counseling or testing services, we are pleased to announce our “genetic counselor on page.”

Genetic counselor on page

The genetic counselor on page is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to serve providers both inside and outside Boston Children’s Hospital. The counselor can be reached through beeper #5337 from inside Boston Children’s, or by calling 617-355-4697 from outside the hospital or emailing genetics@childrens.harvard.edu.

Counselors can provide different levels of service depending on the need. In most instances, if the family wishes, the counselor on page can see the patient and arrange for testing the same day.

  • For providers seeking general guidance, the counselor can answer a broad range of questions about genetic conditions and available testing.
  • For providers with specific questions about which genetic tests to obtain given a patient’s findings, the counselor can expedite a formal genetics consultation at our Longwood, Brockton, Lexington, Norwood, Peabody, Waltham or Weymouth locations.
  • For providers who already know what molecular testing is indicated, the counselor can make the arrangements for testing, provide interpretation of the results and their implications, document the findings and arrange appropriate follow up.
  • The counselor can also arrange expedited appointments when a genetic consultation is indicated, but no specific molecular testing is being considered. 

Clinical genetics training at Boston Children’s

The Division of Genetics and Genomics participates in the Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program. This program, one of the oldest and largest in the country, provides post-graduate training in clinical genetics, as well as laboratory fellowships, for candidates who already have an MD or PhD. It is accredited by the ABMG in all areas of training: Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics.

Genetic counseling rotations/observerships

The Division of Genetics and Genomics is also affiliated with the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Program. Genetic counseling students are able to observe genetic counselors in clinical and research roles at the hospital. Students can also complete their pediatric clinical internship in the Clinical Genetics Program.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Our Clinical Genetics faculty give frequent presentations to meet the CME interests and needs of community physicians throughout New England. Click here to view our topics in genetics and metabolism. We also can develop customized CME programs upon request. If you would like to schedule a Boston Children's speaker, please contact our Physician Communications office by e-mail.

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