Dr. Rebecca Sparkes
The Calgary Medical Genetics and Genomics program provides comprehensive training in all areas of Medical Genetics, with an excellent balance between teaching and clinical service. Starting in the third year, our residents typically participate in monthly outreach genetics clinics in smaller cites (Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat) which provides exposure to community based genetics practice. There is a monthly resident clinic featuring classic syndromes/genetic conditions selected specifically for this clinic to ensure that residents gain experience working through important diagnoses and clinical approaches. This clinic also allows residents to gain experience in longitudinal patient care and managing an outpatient clinic. Our centre has an active training program in the clinical diagnostic laboratories. The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) laboratory trainees regularly interact with the genetics residents at teaching and seminars, which provides a mutually enriching learning environment. Our residency program organizes one or two clinical genetics symposia per year with invited external speakers who are experts in the field. Time is allocated for residents to interact with the speakers, typically including a dinner. Recent topics have included neurogenetics, genodermatoses, embryology, cardiovascular genetics, skeletal dysplasias, pediatric cancer genetics, newborn screening, neurodevelopmental disorders, inherited ophthalmologic disorders and somatic mosaicism.