Genetic Pathology (Medical Genomics) requires a combined understanding of laboratory techniques, the scientific basis of genetics, and an appreciation of the clinical aspects of genetic disorders. It is intellectually stimulating and has interactions with many clinical specialties.
I enjoy the teamwork in this field because the scientists, pathologists, and various members of the clinical team all bring complementary sets of skills and knowledge to the table.
Dr Chiyan Lau
Genetic pathologists work as part of multidisciplinary laboratory teams, within both the public and private sector. Genetic pathologists work collaboratively with a range of specialists, including physicians, surgeons, obstetricians and gynaecologists. The range of tests performed by a genetic pathologist can be broad and often straddle many different areas of medicine, including paediatric, adult and obstetric medicine.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.
Genetic pathology training combines knowledge of cell biology and human genetics with computing, informatics and statistical skills to enable the analysis of high volumes of genomic data for diagnosis and management of human diseases arising from inherited, sporadic or somatic genomic variants. Genetic pathology trainees can progress through one of two five-year training programs - biochemical genetics and medical genomics. Training in either program incorporates work-based learning and assessment to position the genetic pathologist to practise as a specialist in either laboratory biochemical genetics or medical genomics and enables them to contribute effectively to translational research and development, undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and other professional activities. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA).
Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in an accredited laboratory before seeking registration with the College.
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.
Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.