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Clinical Genetics Advanced Trainee Course (GMED5001)

Clinical Genetics Advanced Trainee Course (GMED5001)
Genomics in Clinical Practice (GMED5001)

Stay at the forefront of clinical practice and learn about the rapid advances in genomics that are impacting diagnostics, screening, counselling and therapeutics in clinical care.

The Genomics in Clinical Practice: Clinical Genetics Advanced Trainees short course is available to Clinical Genetics Trainees only. For others interested in Genomics in Clinical Practice, other course modes can be found below. This course provides a framework for contemporary knowledge of genetic disorders that are relevant to many areas of medicine including neurology, cardiology, oncology, nephrology, ophthalmology, paediatrics and obstetrics.  Gain knowledge of genomic mechanisms and genetic variations which lead to human disease and through a case-based approach, develop skills in the interpretation of clinical, family history and genomic test results, and an understanding of the genetic counselling and ethical issues in genomic medicine.

Meets RACP requirements:
The RACP Clinical Genetics Advanced Training Committee has approved this unit of study to meet the requirements for coursework in genomics for advanced trainees in Clinical Genetics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Understand the biology of DNA, RNA, protein, chromosomes and cellular division that underlies modern genomic medicine.
  • Describe the different categories of genetic variation and interpret genetic test reports with regard to classification of variant pathogenicity.
  • Interpret family pedigrees, perform recurrence risk calculations and appreciate the complexity of genetic counselling in the setting of pregnancy and family planning.
  • Have an approach to the diagnosis, management and specific genetic counselling aspects of common genetic conditions including chromosomal aneuploidies, contiguous gene syndromes and single gene disorders, and understand advances in treatments available for specific conditions.
  • Understand concepts important to the genetic metabolic disorders, including diseases characterised by acute metabolite toxicity and those where chronic organelle dysfunction causes disease manifestations.
  • Understand genetic susceptibility to cancer, risk assessment, management and counselling of families with inheritable forms of cancer, particularly breast and ovarian cancer, and bowel cancer

Course delivery method

  • Online - 2-4 live, recorded Q&A Zoom sessions.
  • Semester 1, 20243 - 19 February – 15 June 2024
  • 13 weeks - 10 hours per week
  • Students complete all in semester assessments but do not sit the final examination.

Course pre-requisites

  • Open to all Advanced Trainees in Clinical Genetics
  • Admission requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification.
  • Must complete application form - Applications will open 17 November 2023 and close on 13 February 2024.

Additional Course Information

  • Students will receive a Clinical and Professional Certificate of Attainment, but the unit does not appear on academic transcript.
  • No credit towards a University of Sydney degree
  • Trainees and other clinicians can consider completing their studies through other modes of delivery.
  • Non-degree: The course can be counted towards a future degree if assessments (assignments + exam) are successfully completed and compulsory attendance rates are met. Fee charged at pro-rata rate of relevant full-time degree fee. To enrol or find out more, click here.
  • Degree: Results in the unit (assessments + final exam) count towards a postgraduate award course (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters).
    To undertake this unit as an enrolled subject as part of a higher degree:
    Medicine: Genomics and Precision Medicine postgraduate course in Medicine 
    Biomedical Science: Genomics and Precision Medicine postgraduate course in the Master of Biomedical science

    For terms and conditions, please view here




Course fees
 Standard  $1500 (incl. GST)
 Alumni/Staff  Please contact [email protected]
Online event
Monday, 19 February 2024 to
Saturday, 15 June 2024
Delivered Online


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