Development of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical geneticist as a specialist in Korea

의학유전학 전문인력 교육프로그램의 개발과 인증에 관한 연구

  • Yoo, Han-Wook (Medical Genetics Clinic & Laboratory, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine) ;
  • Hwang, Do-yeong (Hamchoon Women's Clinic) ;
  • Ryu, Hyun-Mee (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cheil General Hospital & Women's Healthcare Center) ;
  • Lee, Hong-Jin (Department of Pediatrics, Hallym University School of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Hyon-J. (Center for Genetic Disease, Ajou University Hospital)
  • 유한욱 (울산의대 서울아산병원 의학유전학 클리닉 및 검사실) ;
  • 황도영 (함춘여성클리닉) ;
  • 류현미 (관동의대 제일병원 산부인과학교실) ;
  • 이홍진 (한림의대 춘천성심병원 소아청소년과) ;
  • 김현주 (아주대병원 유전질환전문센터)
  • Published : 2007.12.01

Abstract

Purpose : This study was undertaken to provide prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical genetics professionals as clinical specialist and set up guidelines on curriculum of medical genetics training program in Korea. Methods : Six ad hoc committees for clinical geneticist, clinical cytogeneticist, clinical molecular geneticist, clinical biochemical geneticist, medical genetics technologists and genetic counselors were organized for reviewing current status in Korea as well as foreign countries. Each committee is composed of 6-8 members. They summarized their opinions according to the structured questionnaire inquiring the ways of accrediting training program, qualification of program director, trainee requirements, contents of curriculum, duration of training program, certification process, estimation of numbers of each specialist needed in next 5 years in Korea. Results : Both prerequisites for the accreditation of medical geneticist training institutions and qualification of program director are suggested. Candidacy of trainees requires MD with board of medical specialty, or PhD degree with professional experiences in related field except clinical genetics program which only accepts MD with board of medical specialty, and Non-MD genetic counselor and medical technologists with degrees of BS or MS. General duration of fellowship will be 2-3 years depending on the categories they are enrolled into. Contents of curriculum for each speciality training are described. For the certification of each category, the candidacy should submit a log book detailing the cases they experienced during the fellowship, prove that they successfully completed course work and clinical experiences in the accredited program, and pass the written examination. Conclusion : As medical genetics becomes more important in daily routine clinical practice, the accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification of personnel are urgently needed. In this regard, the study will be providing guidelines and prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical genetics professionals as clinical specialist.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 대한의학유전학회