Training in biochemical genetics is directed toward developing individuals who will have the knowledge and skills necessary to identify biochemical abnormalities, to use clinical and laboratory information to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, to provide accurate and timely results of clinical utility and to communicate findings effectively to patients and physicians. The trainee spends the majority of the training performing laboratory testing and interpreting and reporting results. Trainees assist in explaining biochemical test results to patients in genetics clinic.
The biochemical genetics laboratory at Emory offers a broad educational experience in inborn errors of metabolism, including disorders involving amino acids, fatty acids, lysosomal enzymes, carbohydrates, organic acids, peroxisomes, etc. The laboratory provides follow-up testing for the Georgia newborn screening program, and works closely with the Emory Metabolic Genetics and Nutrition Program in the monitoring of individuals with biochemical disorders.
Two courses are required for successful completion of this program. These are: HGC 715 Human Genetics in the fall and HGC 745 Medical Genetics in the spring.
Attendance at additional weekly training activities and lab meetings is also required.