Medical Genetics Module

Learning Objectives

The aim of the medical genetics module is to give a complete overview of the pivotal role of genetics in medicine to the medical students.


Why Medical Genetics is becoming so important?

  1. Fundamental to basic health sciences
  2. Provides insight into many diseases
  3. Improves ability for accurate diagnosis
  4. Applications to public health—screening and identification of populations at risk
  5. Implications for preventative measures
  6. Development of new therapeutic approaches

Purpose of this Course

  1. Introduction to the language and concepts of human and medical genetics

  2. Appreciation of the genetic perspective on health and disease

  3. Applications of principles of human genetics to clinical medicine

  4. Provide a framework for medical education and lifelong learning

A physician must know

  1. What might be genetic

  2. How to determine if a disorder is genetic

  3. Normal variation vs. disease

  4. Fundamental principles of human and medical genetics

  5. Genes and molecular mechanisms underlying human disease

The course will be taught for a large majority of future family physicians and has to provide the basic knowledge of medical genetics.


Course organization
Total number of hours: 31.5 hours
Lectures: 22.5 hours
Practical Sessions-Oral Presentations: 9 hours
Number of credits: 4 ECTS


Course material
Core notes will be provided at the beginning of the different lectures of medical genetics course to the students. This core syllabus will be designed in collaboration with the different lecturers coming from partner universities.
Powerpoint presentations of the lectures will be given and uploaded on Moodle for the students.
Recommended genetics books: Emery’s Elements of Medical Genetics, 13th Edition, Turnpenny et al
Reading assignments will be given each time to illustrate and prepare the students to the lectures.

Assessment and evaluation of the students
Written exam: A final exam will be organized at the end of the course. Multiple choice questions and clinical cases will be designed and selected with the different geneticists and lecturers of the course.
A total of 50 MCQ will be selected (2h exam)
Practical Sessions:
1)Evaluation and interactive discussions around clinical cases illustrating the basics of medical genetics, ethical issues, risk assessment for genetic disorders. The student will be asked few days before to prepare the session with provided documents and fill out a report with a series of questions illustrating the topic of the session. Clinical cases will be discussed all together. Reports from the personal work of the students will be graded.
2) Laboratory session with hand out and with a final report at the end of the session
3) Oral presentations of the students on selected topics (will be graded).


The students will be graded based on the final MCQ exam, reports from the different practical sessions, laboratory sessions and oral presentations.