Education Opportunities in Precision Medicine

The Precision Medicine & Society Program supported the first undergraduate course at the University on precision medicine entitled Precision Medicine: Biological, Social and Ethical Implications. The course was taught by members of the faculty in Biochemistry (Samuel Sternberg), Sociology (Gil Eyal) and English (Rachel Adams). The course covered the scientific foundations of precision medicine, its social dimensions, and the fundamental humanistic questions and challenges raised by this discipline. Believing in the importance of educating undergraduate students in the concepts involved in precision medicine, the course was structured as an introduction to precision medicine, particularly for the non-scientist student, but also explored issues relevant to students planning a career in science and medicine.

This course will be held again in the Fall 2024 semester. Please email us here to sign up for announcements.

M7208 “Introduction to Precision Medicine” course

This course is taught by Drs. Krzysztof Kiryluk, and Ronald Wapner, as well as experts in specific clinical areas who present their most up-to-date findings in the precision medicine field.

The course provides students with an overview of precision medicine with an emphasis on genomic health. Students will learn the basics of molecular genetic basis of disease and molecular diagnostic methods to diagnose disease and stratify risk in real time and apply these strategies including diagnostic testing and health forecasting across a wide range of clinical conditions. The course will cover big data initiatives in systems biology and digital health, will address questions of their clinical implementation and the ethical, legal, and social issues presented by precision medicine.

Semesters: Spring

Format: Each session comprises a didactic lecture, followed by an interactive breakout session.

Grading: Pass/Fail (letter grade is optional for non-medical students).

Credits: 3 credits per semester.

Date/location: Fridays, 2-4 pm, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center building (CUMC campus).

Eligibility: All CUMC/CU/NYP students, scholars and employees Please email Dhriti Jagannathan at [email protected] to learn more about the course.

This offering is jointly developed by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and College of Physicians and Surgeons MD/MS in Biomedical Sciences Dual Degree Program.


Become a genetic counselor grounded in social justice, compassion, a sense of self, and the skills to be a leader in genetic and genomic health care. The Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program curriculum combines genetic and genomic sciences with humanism and ethical inquiry. Choose a one-size-fits-you experience with research endeavors, university-wide electives, fellowships, and the VP&S Club: the broadest student activities organization for the arts, athletics, and community outreach in American medical education.

Prospective Student?

Webinars, open houses, and practicums designed to help you explore the profession of genetic counseling and the pathway to practice. Learn more about these opportunities here.


The Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 1660 International Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102. ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.3266 or through their website.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

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The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program prepares students for the American Board of Genetic Counseling(link is external and opens in a new window) certification examination and thereby does meet the academic requirements for certification in all 50 states.

More information can be found on the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program here.
Precision Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Director:
Ali Gharavi, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Director, Center for Precision Medicine and Genomics

Summary Description:
The Columbia University Precision Nephrology Fellowship training is designed to foster original research, training in genetic sequence interpretation and clinical annotation, and expertise in the diagnostic evaluation and return of results for patients with suspected familial forms of kidney disease.

The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to obtain advanced training in genetic interpretation, diagnosis and management of patients with rare Mendelian nephropathies, and those identified to have medically actionable secondary genetic findings. The fellowship also offers many opportunities to engage in world-class translational, clinical and basic research in Precision Medicine.

Minimal Qualifications:
The Precision Nephrology is open to individuals who have already completed their general nephrology fellowship training in a U.S./Canadian accredited program who want to obtain additional expertise in preparation for a career in academic nephrology. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents per NIH regulations for postdoctoral trainees.

The postdoctoral fellowship will be for a one-year appointment, effective July 1, and may be extended to 2 years.  An appointment is at the post-doctoral level; depending on applicant qualification, appointment to the rank of an instructor may be considered. Benefits include health/dental coverage and one month paid vacation.

Application Process:
To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three e-mail contacts for references to Dr. Ali Gharavi c/o Dr. Victoria Kolupaeva: [email protected]

For more information on this fellowship or to apply, please visit the Division of Nephrology page here.