APHMG Meeting on Kiawah Island
The Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG) held its annual meeting on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, May 4-6, 2011, with a
excellent attendance and a diverse group of participants. The meeting focused on the further development of Special Interest Groups, with the first day being devoted to
a program for Residency Program Directors. Issues discussed included in-service exams and the residency matching program, as well as reports from the Residency Review
Committee (RRC) and American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). Breakout sessions focused on evaluations, combined residency programs, and shared educational resources.
Dr. Victor Hirth, Medical Director of Geriatric Services, Palmetto Health Richland, gave very interesting insights to the challenges that the geriatric residency
programs have faced in resident recruitment that are similar to those facing medical genetics. Major messages on how to improve recruitment included grabbing the
attention of the students early in their training so they are aware of the specialty, and then providing avenues for exploration of their interest. Dr. Hirth was
generous with other recruitment approaches, and open about the questions and challenges remaining.
In the plenary session of the full APHMG Meeting, Dr. Georgia Wiesner from Case Western shared information about the results of the survey sent to APHMG members
regarding how medical genetics educational and clinical responsibilities are currently organized in academic medical centers. The scientific program featured Dr. Clare
Fraser-Liggett speaking about the human gut microbiome in health and disease. The last day focused on effective teaching, with Dr. Geoff Norman presenting important
insights into the teaching of basic sciences to medical trainees. That session was followed by presentations of model programs by Dr. Lisa Schimmenti and Dr. Jennifer
The APHMG meeting included both significant presentations, and provided ample opportunity for extremely useful discussion and sharing of programs and models that are
working in a variety of universities. At this very interactive meeting, problems, and challenges may be addressed directly, as well as joint exploration and discussion
of possible solutions. All are encouraged to visit the APHMG Web site and the information available at www.aphmg.org.
Read message from the 2011 President
Dear APHMG Colleagues:
On behalf of the APHMG Council, I invite you to join us for the 17th Annual APHMG Workshop at Kiawah Island, South Carolina from Wednesday evening, May 4, 2011 through Friday, May 6, 2011. Like previous years, we are looking forward to a stimulating and productive meeting.
The annual workshop provides a forum for informative and stimulating discussion through which we share experiences and learn from each other in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for networking and socializing. The Council has organized a stimulating program. We are finalizing a scientific session focusing on exome sequencing and clinical applications. Other sessions will deal with innovative teaching approaches, one dealing with metrics and measurement s that can be used in training and the other on novel technology innovations for education. The final titles and speakers for these stimulating sessions will be posted on the APHMG website within the next two weeks.
In addition, there will be time set aside for sessions of our affiliated special interest groups. The Medical Genetics Residency Program Directors Group will meet Wednesday, May 4, from 8 am – 4:30 pm. Separate (non-overlapping) time has been set aside for the Medical School Course Directors, Laboratory Training Program Directors and the Graduate School Program Directors to meet during the two day meeting.
On Thursday afternoon, two group activities will be offered. One is a bus trip to Charleston, South Carolina, including a short walking tour and plenty of time for independent exploration of this beautiful, historic, city. The second is a biking/nature/team “competition” (in the loosest sense of the word) at Kiawah Island. Details are posted on the website. It is for all levels and ages, entails a short bike ride, a team building competition that is being tailored just for our group, introduction to the flora and fauna of Kiawah Island, and just plain fun. We realize that the second adventure is a bit pricey; but it will definitely prove to be a special adventure and we hope many of you will sign up.
I am looking forward to a stimulating, enjoyable and productive meeting, and I hope you are able to join us in this ideal setting! Please register online at www.APHMG.org soon.
Miriam G. Blitzer, PhD
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17th Annual APHMG Workshop and Medical Genetics Residency Program Directors Meeting
Thank You to our 2011 Sponsor
2011: Kiawah Island, South Carolina
2010: Napa, California
2009: Savanna, Georgia
2008: San Antonio, Texas
2007: Tucson, Arizona
2006: Marco Island, Florida
2005: Del Mar, California
2004: San Juan, Puerto Rico
2003: San Diego, California
2002: Clearwater Beach,
2001: Tucson, Arizona
2000: Clearwater Beach,