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Medical genetics is currently the most rapidly changing area in medicine making it imperative that clinicians be up to date in diagnostic and treatment of genetic and metabolic disorders. By taking this rotation, students will learn the latest developments and concepts regarding inborn errors of metabolism, birth defects, dysmorphic syndromes and other inherited disorders. To accomplish this, students will be involved in the evaluation, diagnosis, counseling and management of pediatric and adult patients. They will participate in Medical Genetics, Metabolism (Biochemical Genetics), Bone Dysplasia, Neurogenetics, Familial Cancer and Huntington Disease Clinics, and attended daily metabolic ward rounds, weekly preclinic conferences and weekly medical genetic ward rounds. The student will also learn how to obtain information on genetic and metabolic disorders from various web-based and subscription databases, and will become skilled in finding and conveying information on metabolic and genetic conditions to patients and their families. Students can also electively rotate through the molecular genetic and cytogenetic laboratories and prenatal diagnostic clinics.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: David D. Weaver, M.S., M.D. (dweaver@iu.edu)

Director: David Weaver , M.S., M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Identify common genetic and inherited metabolic conditions including the clinical features, basic pathophysiology, differential diagnosis and psychosocial issues of these conditions (MK3)
  • 2) Learn the evaluation and management of patients with genetic and inherited metabolic disorders (MK4)
  • 3) Engage in laboratory and molecular testing used with inherited metabolic and genetic disorders (PC3)
  • 4) Know how to find sources of information for inherited metabolic and genetic disorders (PBLI1)
  • 5) Experience convey information about genetic and inherited metabolic diseases to patients and their families (ISC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observations and presentations of patient information and information of patient's conditions).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical; 5% Laboratory; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: David D. Weaver, M.S., M.D. (dweaver@iu.edu) Limitation of the number of students is three on any one elective time.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students typically will work with residents and faculty from other services when providing in-patient consults and obtaining consultations on our in-patients.

Service Learning Included: None