Patient Education Materials

Greenwood Genetic Center provides the following patient information brochures at no charge for area physician’s offices who refer these tests to GGC. To request copies complete the online order form. Select brochures are also available as a pdf.

Publications available for Purchase

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FAQ’s for Laboratory Fellowship Applicants

Is the USMLE a prerequisite for application to the clinical cytogenetics fellowship?


Do I need to complete a primary care residency to enter the Clinical Laboratory Fellowship program?


How many letters of recommendation are required and can the letters of recommendation be e-mailed?

Three letters are required. The letters can be e-mailed, but signed hard copies should also be mailed.

Is it possible to enroll in two clinical fellowship specialties?

This is handled on an individual basis.

How many people do you accept into the clinical biochemical and laboratory genetics and genomics fellowship programs per year?

The number of positions available fluctuates from year to year.

What is required for the application packet to be complete?

Completed applications should contain:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Statement of intent
  • 3 signed letters of recommendation.

What are the eligibility requirements for a laboratory fellowship with the Greenwood Genetic Center?

A doctoral degree in an appropriate basic/biological science, as determined by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG), is required.  Most applicants have degrees in genetics, biochemistry or molecular biology.  Please contact the ABMG directly if you are uncertain about whether your degree is acceptable for the program (  Each applicant will also be required to complete an application which includes providing three references.

Do you accept foreign visas and what type do you accept?

Visa sponsorships are determined on an individual basis depending on qualifications and acceptance into the Clinical Genetics Laboratory Fellowship Program.

What is the deadline for applications?

We have an ongoing/rolling application process. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Do those completing the fellowship program have a good success rate with passing the ABMG certification?

GGC fellows have a very high success rate in passing the ABMG Board exams.

How long do your training programs last?

Standard fellowships last two years. Additional time is necessary for those interested in more than one specialty.

If I currently have a H1B Visa, will you transfer it?

This is handled on an individual basis.

When will openings be available?

Available positions typically begin in the summer months.

If pursuing a sub-specialty, do you apply to both at the same time?

Applicants are encouraged to include this information on their application during the application process.

What is your funding availability?

Funding availability is dependent on the budget and is determined on an annual basis.

If your budget is a problem, could I do the training with no financial support from your program?


What month do your fellowship applicants begin?

This can vary, but most begin during the summer months.

Will you provide a salary for the trainees?

Fellows are salaried employees at the Greenwood Genetic Center.

Do I need to take TOEFL test to be accepted by your program?

We assume full fluency in English! If there is a question, then the test should be done.

Do applicants to the program need to arrange a research project and/or funding with a faculty member prior to submitting their application?


Are most fellows in the program supported by training grants or through research funding in a faculty mentor's lab?

Yes, but obtaining additional support is encouraged.

After ABMG certification do your fellows usually go on to practice in or direct diagnostic laboratories?

Virtually all GGC trained fellows direct diagnostic laboratories following ABMG certification.

Do I need any prior experience in the fellowship I’m applying for?


I’m an international student. Am I eligible to enter your program?

International students are eligible, but must have proper visa status.

Has there been an international graduate in your program?


Do you require hands-on experience in the USA before entering your program?

Experience in the US is preferred in the selection process.

Residency in M.D. Clinical Genetics

The clinical genetics residency at the Greenwood Genetic Center is designed to provide intensive postgraduate clinical experience with heritable or potentially heritable conditions. Residents are required to have completed a primary care residency program (family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN or pediatrics) in the United States. Clinical training includes exposure to prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics and counseling (2,500 new families per year). Specifically, the resident will see a wide range of heritable disorders, reviewing the evaluation and management of each patient with their preceptor. The student will learn principles of heredity through conferences, internal graduate courses and clinical experience. Moreover they will study the nature of genetic disorders and their impact on the individual, family, and society.

The writing of case reports and reviews, utilization of genetic literature and the preparation of lectures will be integral parts in the residency learning process. All residents are required to take a core course in Advanced Human Genetics through the Center.

While many heritable disorders have medical impact, the content and focus of the clinical residency at the Greenwood Genetic Center will be weighted toward birth defects and intellectual disability. Comprehensive prenatal, pediatric and adult patient genetic evaluations are provided to the upstate region of South Carolina through offices in Greenwood and Greenville. Experience with individuals and families having intellectual disability will be largely gained through patients of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs in statewide outreach clinics. Experience in dysmorphology will be obtained in the multiple regional and statewide outreach clinics. Additionally, the resident will have in-patient consults through Self Regional Healthcare and prenatal experience through the Greenville Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, Greenville and Greenwood Ob/Gyn, to gain experience in prenatal and neonatal diagnostics, and the care and management of genetic disease.

The resident will also obtain laboratory and fetal pathology experience in the Anatomical Studies Section of the J. C. Self Research Institute of Human Genetics. Rotation in fetal pathology is designed to improve the residents ability to recognize and evaluate malformations and other abnormalities of human development. The student will gain practical experience in gross and microscopic study of specific fetal cases, for the purpose of diagnosis, understanding of cause and management of recurrence risk issues and counseling. Monthly Fetal Boards take place through Greenville Memorial Hospital. After successful completion of the residency program, the physician resident should be qualified for independent clinical practice in medical genetics or an academic position in clinical genetics. The resident will be prepared to sit for the examination given by the American Board of Medical Genetics for certification as a clinical geneticist.

Lab Rotations: Residents who will pursue the two-year genetic residency tract will arrange three 3-week rotations in each of our diagnostic laboratories: molecular, biochemical and cytogenetics. The purpose of these rotations is to gain a more complete understanding of the diagnostic and research functions of these laboratories in relation to clinical practice. The student will be expected to meet specific goals and objectives for each laboratory rotation. For those residents choosing the three-year tract, the additional year can be spent as an elective in the research laboratories.

Research Elective: The J. C. Self Research Institute of Human Genetics, a division of the Greenwood Genetic Center, offers the resident an opportunity for extensive research and training on molecular and anatomical approaches to birth defects and intellectual disability. Current research activities of the faculty of the Research Institute include: localization, isolation, and characterization of genes responsible for X-linked intellectual disability; mutation analysis of patients with X-linked hydrocephalus, Aarskog syndrome, EDA (ectodermal dysplasia); identification and characterization of genes involved in lissencephaly, ectrodactyly and the BOR (branchial-oto-renal) syndrome; identification of candidate genes for neural tube defects and autism.

Library Access: The Center's extensive English language library holdings contain over 1,000 monographs and pertinent genetics textbooks, including rare and historical book collections in the area of birth defects. Over 60 current major Medical and Medical Genetics journals are in circulation as well as a substantial number of back volumes for another 50 titles. The library also provides a comprehensive collection of patient photos, slides, and radiographs from our clinical and research studies. A full-time librarian is on staff to assist in searches and interlibrary loans.

Didactic Teaching: Residents are required to participate in a regular set of conferences and lectures throughout the period of training. In addition, residents have the opportunity to attend other seminars and lectures given through the Center. Required conferences are:

Journal Club 8:30 - 9:00 AM, Mondays Brief review of current medical and genetics journals
Weekly Case Review 8:15-9:15 AM, Fridays Clinical and research presentations
Advanced Human Genetics Biannually
Statewide Genetics Case Review and Seminar 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, monthly on 4th Wednesday Review of patients seen on consultation; Seminar by faculty member or visiting faculty
Statewide Genetic Conclaves Quarterly Scientific and patient presentations

Application Procedure: Candidates for residency are expected to have completed a primary care residency program (family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN or pediatrics) in the United States. The candidate must also be licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) site.

Application to the GGC residency program follows the deadlines of the ERAS site. Interviews are arranged and final decisions will be made as soon as possible. Greenwood Genetic Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and interested minorities are encouraged to apply.

Genetic Education Center/Tours

The Greenwood Genetic Center is a wonderful resource and we welcome any interested classes, community groups or individuals to visit our campus. The Division of Education has converted former laboratory space on our Greenwood campus into a dedicated educational space for visiting groups. This renovation allows visitors to not only tour and learn about GGC, but also have hands-on experience with some of the most current technologies in the medical genetics field. The Education Center includes a classroom, computer lab and laboratory space equipped with the same technologies used in our diagnostic and research labs. A visit to the Genetic Education Center may include an introductory presentation about GGC, a walking tour of our laboratory facilities, and per teacher request, participation in a laboratory activity or module. School groups, adult community organizations, professional groups or any interested individuals are invited to tour our facility. Contact our Division of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to schedule a tour.

Please note that all individuals participating in a tour and/or lab activity should adhere to professional dress standards. For safety reasons, shorts, short skirts and open-toed shoes will not be permitted in the lab areas.

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