Clinical laboratory geneticists can hold either MD, DO or PhD degrees. These individuals oversee and work in laboratories that perform diagnostic genetic tests. These may be in the areas of cytogenetics, biochemical genetics or molecular genetics, and they may be testing for inherited or acquired genetic alterations. Clinical laboratory geneticists develop and implement new tests, provide ongoing assurance of the quality of routine tests, interpret test results and communicate these results to healthcare providers. Training involves an additional 2-year (24-month) fellowship following the completion of a PhD degree or a medical genetics residency for single specialty certification, and one additional year for each additional laboratory specialty. A complete list of accredited clinical laboratory genetics training programs is available at the ABMGG website
. Specific admissions requirements can be obtained by contacting the programs directly.