Further training

Specialist in human genetics (m/f/x) (GfH, German Society of Human Genetics)

The area of human genetics is a cross-disciplinary subject that connects medicine and biology. Specialist skills from both disciplines are required to identify genetic diseases or to classify genetic data into the associated clinical picture. The GfH gives scientists with a university degree the opportunity to qualify for the field of genetic diagnostics as part of a 5-year part-time training course. The objective of this further training is to enable cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, molecular genetic and biochemical laboratory tests for the diagnosis of genetic diseases or if there is a genetic disposition for disease and to evaluate the results based on current research data. The advanced training takes place under the guidance of persons authorized for this and at appropriately equipped training facilities; the training comprises the acquisition of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, as well as participation in special events. The GfH organises the exam to become a specialist geneticist; once the further training has been successfully completed in accordance with further training policy guidelines, the GfH issues a corresponding certificate. The professional title awarded is evidence of specialised competence in the field of human genetic diagnostics; it thus enables independent and autonomous work in human genetics and is a means for providing quality assurance in medical care.

Facilities for further training

  • Institute of Human Genetics: Molecular genetics and genetic counselling
  • Practice of Meschede/Schubert: Cytogenetics

Certification for advanced training

  • Prof Brunhilde Wirth, PhD
  • Jutta Becker, PhD
  • Regine Schubert, PhD


Prof Brunhilde Wirth, PhD
Email: brunhilde.wirth@uk-koeln.de

For details and the subject catalogue, please visit gfhev.de/de/aus_weiterbildung/index.htm

Medical specialist in human genetics (m/f/x)

Human genetics has gained enormous significance in all areas of medicine. It is a broad, interdisciplinary science that combines medical diagnostics with molecular biological research and methodology. The field of human genetics includes investigation, detection and treatment of genetically caused diseases, including the genetic counselling of patients and their families as well as the doctors providing health care. The goal of advanced training is regulated acquisition of in-depth knowledge, experience and skills for defined medical work following completion of professional training. It takes place over the course of several years of professional activity under the guidance of doctors approved for advanced training. Advanced training and recognition as a specialist is based on the regulations of the medical associations or state laws for the health care profession as well as the further training regulations of the state medical associations of which the trainee is a member.

Training period

  • Genetic counselling (2 years)
  • Molecular genetics (1 year)
  • Cytogenetics (1 year)
  • One clinical specialty (1 year)

In addition to the clinical year (ward service according to the guidelines of the medical association), the Institute for Human Genetics in Cologne, together with the practice of Drs. Meschede/Schubert and the MVZ of the University Hospital Cologne, have a full 48-month accreditation to lead training programs for specialisation in human genetics.

Facilities for further training

  • Institute of Human Genetics: Genetic counselling and molecular genetics
  • MVZ at the University Hospital Cologne: Genetic counselling and molecular genetics
  • Meschede/Schubert practice: Cytogenetics

Certification for advanced training

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Netzer
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Bodo Beck
  • Dr. Dieter Meschede


Prof. Dr. Christian Netzer
Email: christian.netzer@uk-koeln.de

For more details and the subject catalogue, please see aekno.de in the "advanced training" heading or visit gfhev.de/de/aus_weiterbildung/index.htm

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