Fragile X Treatment Trials

The Greenwood Genetic Center has been selected to participate several treatment trials for Fragile X. Specific trial information can be found at the study page at ClinicalTrials.gov.

FAQs for Residency Applicants

  1. Are you participating in ERAS? If not how can I apply?
  2. Do you accept IMG’s – if so, what are the minimum requirements? Are there any special requirements for IMGs (scores, year of graduation, US clinical experience, etc.)? If my education and medical knowledge are equivalent to accredited schools in the United States and I have been certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) – would this make me eligible to apply to your program?
  3. Is there a minimum USMLE score required? If so, please specify.
  4. How many letters of reference are required and can the letters be e-mailed?
  5. Is U.S. clinical experience preferred or mandatory? If mandatory, for how long?
  6. Do you count observership as U.S. clinical experience?
  7. Do you accept foreign visas? If so, what type of visa do you sponsor?
  8. Do you offer preliminary positions?
  9. What is the deadline for applications?
  10. Could I be allowed to do just one year residency in addition to my past training in order to become Board eligible?
  11. If I am required to do two years in genetics residency, could I be allowed to moonlight outside of your campus?
  12. When will openings be available?
  13. What is required for the application packet to be considered complete for consideration?
  14. Do you provide a stipend?
  15. In case of matching, do you have PGY-1 slots available?
  16. What are the USMLE score cut-offs and the average scores of international medical graduates admitted to your program?
  17. How many people do you accept into the residency program?
  18. Do folks completing the fellowship program have a good success rate with passing the ABMG certification?
  19. ABMG requires only 2 years of any accredited residency program prior to the genetics residency, although I meet the ABMG requirements, would I still qualify for your program?
  20. How long do your training programs last?
  21. Do you accept candidates who have not had U.S. clinical training (IMG) directly into your program?
  22. What is your funding availability?
  23. Do you consider candidates with prior training in Family Medicine eager to pursue a career in clinical genetics for an interview/training?
  24. Will you consider recent graduates of medical school and having completed ACGME Residency training program in the United States with no prior training in Genetics for an interview/training?

1. Are you participating in ERAS? If not how can I apply?
Yes, application should be made through the ERAS website.

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2. Do you accept IMG’s – if so, what are the minimum requirements? Are there any special requirements for IMGs (scores, year of graduation, US clinical experience, etc.)? If my education and medical knowledge are equivalent to accredited schools in the United States and I have been certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) – would this make me eligible to apply to your program?
The Greenwood Genetic Center has the following written policies and procedures for resident recruitment and appointment and will monitor the program for compliance.

These requirements include:

  1. Resident eligibility: Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the program (can have [a or b or c or d] and must have e and f and g):
    1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
      1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, or,
      2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
    4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
    5. All applicants must satisfy the criteria for licensure in the state of South Carolina.
    6. All applicants must satisfy the privileging criteria for appointment to the medical staff of Self Regional Healthcare.
    7. The applicants should have completed a primary care residency, such as Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology or Pediatrics.
  2. Resident selection:
    1. The GGC will ensure that its ACGME-accredited program selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. ACGME-accredited programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information or any other applicable legally protected status.
    2. The GGC does participate in ERAS as well as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

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3. Is there a minimum USMLE score required? If so, please specify.
Score is subject to review.

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4. How many letters of reference are required and can the letters be e-mailed?
Three signed letters of reference are required. The signed letters can be sent by e-mail, but hard copies should also be sent by mail.

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5. Is U.S. clinical experience preferred or mandatory? If mandatory, for how long?
Mandatory – length is dependent on experience.

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6. Do you count observership as U.S. clinical experience?
No.

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7. Do you accept foreign visas? If so, what type of visa do you sponsor?
None for the residency program.

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8. Do you offer preliminary positions?
No.

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9. What is the deadline for applications?
January 1st, but this can vary.

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10. Could I be allowed to do just one year residency in addition to my past training in order to become Board eligible?
No, we require two years at the Greenwood Genetic Center because of our unique program; there may be other programs that might credit some past experience.

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11. If I am required to do two years in genetics residency, could I be allowed to moonlight outside of your campus?
Moonlighting is considered on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the applicant.

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12. When will openings be available?
Variable.

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13. What is required for the application packet to be considered complete for consideration?
The completed ERAS application will provide all necessary documentation.

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14. Do you provide a stipend?
No.

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15. In case of matching, do you have PGY-1 slots available?
1 - 2 dependent on budget.

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16. What are the USMLE score cut-offs and the average scores of international medical graduates admitted to your program?
Not applicable.

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17. How many people do you accept into the residency program?
1-2 per year.

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18. Do folks completing the fellowship program have a good success rate with passing the ABMG certification?
Yes, our pass rate is excellent.

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19. ABMG requires only 2 years of any accredited residency program prior to the genetics residency, although I meet the ABMG requirements, would I still qualify for your program?
Our program requires completion of a three year primary care residency prior to entering our residency program at the Greenwood Genetic Center.

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20. How long do your training programs last?
Two or three years.

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21. Do you accept candidates who have not had U.S. clinical training (IMG) directly into your program?
No, you must be licensed to practice in the U.S. prior to acceptance in the program.

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22. What is your funding availability?
Funding availability is dependent on the budget and is determined on an annual basis.

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23. Do you consider candidates with prior training in Family Medicine eager to pursue a career in clinical genetics for an interview/training?
Yes.

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24. Will you consider recent graduates of medical school and having completed ACGME Residency training program in the United States with no prior training in Genetics for an interview/training?
Yes.

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Family Support

The Greenwood Genetic Center strives to help patients and their families connect with available resources and other families.  We support several local and national parent organizations in numerous ways including coordinating meetings, providing meeting space, speaking, facilitating, sitting on boards, etc.  Although there is no cure for most genetic conditions, our goal is to provide families with the education, knowledge, resources, and connections they need to enhance the quality of life for both the patient and the family as a whole.

Family Resources

General Support Organizations

Support Organizations for Specific Diagnoses

Clinical Services

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Patient care is at the heart of all we do. Our Clinical Division provides expert genetic services for individuals and families facing a variety of inherited disorders, in any stage of life.

We have multiple clinics that offer specialized services:

Our clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, service coordinators, psychologists and dietitians are dedicated to providing patients compassionate care while offering state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments. GGC is only accepting patients for genetic evaluation, consultation, and counseling who reside within the state of South Carolina.

Our typical genetics clinical consultation includes:

  • A thorough review of the patient’s medical and family history
  • A physical examination
  • A discussion of testing strategies, diagnosis, inheritance patterns and treatment options

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Study Participation

Eligible participants include individuals at all ages who have had complete MECP2 gene analysis and have the clinical diagnosis of classic or variant Rett syndrome, with or without mutations in the gene OR individuals without clinical Rett syndrome but with MECP2 mutations.

For more information, see the Rett syndrome study fact sheet or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , study coordinator.