Development of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical geneticist as a specialist in Korea
의학유전학 전문인력 교육프로그램의 개발과 인증에 관한 연구
유, 한욱; 황, 도영; 류, 현미; 이, 홍진; 김, 현주
Journal of genetic medicine, 4(2):142-159, 2007
Journal of genetic medicine; 대한의학유전학회지
Purpose : This Study was Undertaken to Provide Prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification plocess 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 mombers. They summarized their opinions according to the structured questionnaire inquiring the ways of accrediting training program, qualification of program director, trainee requirements, contents of curriculurn, 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 qualifica-tion 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 cafegories they are enrolled into. Contents of curriculum for each specialty 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 thisregard, the study wil1 be providing guidelines and prerequisites for accreditation of medical genetics training program and certification process for medical genetics professionals as clinical specialist.
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