Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship 

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Built on a foundation of innovation and excellence, the Medical Biochemical Genetics program at the University of Colorado offers fellows the opportunity to expand their knowledge as physicians in the field of Inborn Errors of Metabolism. Providing clinical services at The Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado, the section follows a large number of patients from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and parts of Nebraska, Kansas, and New Mexico.

Program Overview

This large patient catchment area has allowed us to care for kids and adults with a broad variety of inherited metabolic disorders. We have daily outpatient and inpatient consultation services through the main Children’s Hospital Colorado campus, answer regional provider questions about concerning patients, manage patients detected through the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana newborn screening programs, and have outreach and telehealth clinics across the Rocky Mountain Region.

Staffed by 6 Biochemical Genetics clinicians and a team of outstanding genetic counselors, nurses, and dieticians, our fellows have the opportunity to work with a diverse array of specialist in the field. Further, our on-site Clinical Biochemical Laboratory, run by Timothy Wood, PhD, allows ongoing and immersive education in clinical laboratory interpretation and a variety of biochemical techniques.

We launched the Medical Biochemical Genetics Clinical Core Seminar Series ("MBG CCSS") in July 2020 which provides advanced clinically-based curriculum for MBG, MGG and Peds/MGG trainees, medical students, genetic counseling students, MDs, DOs, PhDs, nurses, dieticians, etc. around the country via live webinars each week. Recorded lectures can be viewed at the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disease.

The campus integrates world-class education, research, and patient care on one of the nation’s newest health sciences campuses. In addition to state of the art facilities and internationally renowned faculty, the Denver metro area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and provides fellows with the chance to be a part of a diverse and vibrant community.

Our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship is open to physicians (MD or DO) who have completed a residency program in Medical Genetics and Genomics. Residents must be eligible to work in the United States, have ECFMG certification (if applicable), and obtain a Colorado medical license before the commencement of training.


We accept applications for the next academic year from May - July.
Virtual interviews take place from June - August.

To Apply:

1. Email the following to the Program Director:    

  • A personal statement (up to 1 page) describing your motivation for training and future career goals
  • CV outlining your education, clinical and research interests, and publications
  • USMLE scores

2. Provide 3 original letters of reference

  • One should be from your most recent Program Director
  • All should be emailed directly from the author to the Program Director

Pete Baker, MD
Program Director


Fellows participate in the Metabolic Clinic at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. This clinic involves the general care of inborn errors of metabolism including but not limited to urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation disorders, organic acidemias, amino acidopathies, lysosomal and peroxisomal disorders, and congenital disorders of glycosylation. There are regular multidisciplinary clinics devoted to care for phenylketonuria, galactosemia, and mitochondrial disorders.

Opportunities for outreach and telehealth care are also available. We directly participate in the Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana Newborn Screening Programs. Consultation services to the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and regionally by phone, are routine. Finally, fellows train in the clinical biochemical genetics laboratory at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Fellows are expected to undertake a mentored quality assessment or quality improvement project during their training. Trainees at the University of Colorado have co-authored peer-reviewed publications and have regularly presented their work at regional and national meetings.

Learning Opportunities:

Subspecialty Excellence in Educational Leadership & Scholarship (SEELS) Program :

  • The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics is proud of offer the Subspecialty Excellence in Educational Leadership & Scholarship (SEELS) Program  for subspecialty pediatric fellows committed to an academic career in medical education.
  • The SEELS program guides fellows through an 18-month program that   provides research mentorship, coaching, and instruction.
  • The overall  goal of SEELS is to equip these fellows with the necessary knowledge/skills/attitudes for success as future medical educators through educational scholarship and professional identity development, faculty and peer mentorship, and engaging in an educational community of practice.

Pediatric Fellowship Educational Series

This educational series has been developed by the Committee on Fellowship Education to address areas  of scholarly interest common to all pediatric fellows. Nearly 100 sub-specialized physicians in training will attend 5-6 half-day seminars spread across their 3 years of fellowship.

  • Attendance is mandatory and the trainee is excused from clinical responsibilities.
  • In addition to providing core educational material, these sessions allow trainees in different disciplines and throughout the department to meet and interact with one another in an informal and collegial environment.
  • Occurs several times per year throughout fellowship with fellows of different subspecialties

Pediatric Biostatistics for Clinicians Course:

This course is primarily intended for 2nd and 3rd year Department of Pediatrics fellows as part of the comprehensive fellowship educational program. Designed to help fellows to develop an ability to be a critical consumer of the literature and develop familiarity with many commonly used statistical methods.

  • This course comprises for six  2-hour sessions
  • Designed for second year fellows, but any fellow or resident an register for the course.

Advanced Degrees Available at CU:

Masters of Public Health

Masters of Science in Clinical Science

Diversity / Equity / Inclusion


We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage for more....

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