The University of Alabama at Birmingham Genetics Training Program is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics to provide training in clinical biochemical genetics, clinical molecular genetics, and clinical cytogenetics. Fellowship programs are each two to three years in length. 

Application Eligibility

  1. Trainees must be eligible to sit for the ABMG examination in the clinical laboratory specialty to which they are applying upon completion of the program. A complete list of eligibility criteria is available on the ABMG Web site.

  2. Trainees who have received doctoral degrees outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada must comply with additional requirements, which are outlined at the ABMG Web site. Please note: Trainees who hold an M.D. or equivalent from a foreign country must have either a standard certificate from the ECFMG or have passed the Test of Spoken English (TSE). 

Application Process

Applicants interested in applying to the ABMG Fellowship Program should provide the following:

NOTE: Please note that our next opening will be in July 2017. We will accept applications for the 2017 cycle from March 15th -September 15th, 2016. We will NOT be accepting any applications for the 2016 cycle.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement addressing training goals
  • Three letters of reference addressed to J. Daniel Sharer, PhD, FACMG, Associate Professor and Director, UAB Biochemical Genetics and Metabolic Disease Laboratory, and sent c/o Shaila P. Handattu.

Applications will not be considered complete until all information is received. Applications are reviewed by the review committee. 

Application deadline : September 15
Eligible applicant interview : October
Final decision: End of November
Fellowship start date: July 1st


Shaila P. Handattu PhD, PMP
Program Director II
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Genetics
Kaul 230, 720 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-9417
Fax: (205) 934-9488
E-mail: hande@uab.edu