MDGEN - Medical Genetics

Offered By:
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Below are the courses available from the MDGEN code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times.

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

The rapid expansion of our understanding of the human genome has created new, exciting possibilities to understanding the root causes of human disease and improve health. However, this also leads to real and potential problems - both ethical and practical. This senior level undergraduate course will consist of four modules each covering different aspects of the scientific theory underlying the practice of Medical Genetics. Topics will include core concepts in human genomics, developmental genetics, genetic variation, Mendelian and non- Mendelian traits, Mendelian disease as examples of key genomic concepts, methodologies that allow for screening of genetic disease and the theory supporting the practice of genetic counselling. This course will be based on didactic understanding of the topics and draw upon examples from the expertise of the instructors. Prerequisites CELL 201 or BIOL 201, 300 level course in CELL or GENET or consent of the Department.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An interactive course designed to provide undergraduate students insight into the role of a genetic counsellor through research into key topics in the area, as well as observation of genetic counselling sessions, if available. The course involves meeting with the instructor once a week for a two hour discussion. Students will each potentially observe patients, depending on availability of patients and the flexibility of the students' schedules. Each week students will alternate between writing and presenting a report on the weekly case or providing a short presentation on an ethical clinical issue. All students will participate in the discussion of the case. Students will also learn to critique a suitable medical genetics journal. Course is graded based on presentations, written assignments and participation. Open to undergraduate students with permission of the course instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A directed reading and seminar course based on papers taken from the recent literature of medical genetics. The course consists of lectures on a specific topic in medical genetics and oral presentations of the current literature by students. Selected topics vary so that students may take the same course but examining a different topic for additional credit. Prerequisite: consent of the Department of Medical Genetics.

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 0-1S-0)

This course is designed as a journal club and discussion group in which topics in medical genetics are discussed. Students will critically discuss papers and give oral presentations to the class. Specific topics will include research in genomics, disease gene cloning, chromosome structure, and clinical aspects of medical genetics. Prerequisite: consent of the Department of Medical Genetics.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Reading and study of a specific topic related to the student's MSc or PhD Program in the Department of Medical Genetics under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, 6 WEEKS)

To provide students currently training in a Genetic Counselling graduate program with insight and direct experience into the role of a genetic counsellor through research into key topics in the area, as well as observation and participation in genetic counselling sessions. The course involves meeting with the instructor daily, observing and participating in counselling sessions. Two cases will be randomly selected for formal write-up and presentation. Students will also learn to critique a suitable medical genetics journal. Finally, a final creative assignment of the student's choice (ex. Patient pamphlet) will be completed. Course is graded based on presentations, written assignment and counselling performance. Open to students in a graduate program for genetic counselling, with permission of the course instructor.