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Clinical Genetics

Woman in a lab doing clinical geneticsWessex provide an excellent range of training, with all major areas of genetics covered. Our centre provides national training courses in cancer and prenatal genetics that most trainees in the discipline will attend. We have unique expertise in imprinting and ethical aspects of genetic testing. We have just been selected as a genome medicine centre as part of the national 100,000 genomes project and also as a centre to teach the new genomics MSc.

Our aim is to produce doctors confident in all areas of genetics. However we recognise the need to specialise within genetics and are able to train doctors who wish to practice in subspecialist areas of dysmophology, cancer genetics, cardiac genetics, prenatal genetics, or neurogenetics. As one of the new genomics MSc centres, we also have excellent training in the newest genetic technologies.

We have close links to the University of Southampton, with many of our consultants having joint contracts. Specialist academic areas of interest include imprinting disorders, RNA splicing, breast cancer susceptibility genetics and ethical aspects of genetic testing.

Where we provide training

All trainees are based at the Princess Anne Hospital on the University Hospital Southampton site, but with attachements to hospitals accross the region, spending six month blocks of time gaining appropriate experience. When attached to regional hospitals, trainees will have weekly or monthly clinics in that hospital and may be asked to see inpatients during their visit.

Other opportunities for trainees

Many of our trainees undertake research degrees during their training, and for those that do not there are many opportunities to become involved in locan and national research projects in order to develop a specific area of interest.

Wessex does all it can to support out-of-programme experience, and encourage medical work abroad.

In addition Wessexs offers Medical Education Fellowships, which help some trainees take up lead educator positions at the end of training; Quality Improvement Fellowships, which develop a greater understanding of quality improvement within the NHS; and International Fellowships.

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