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USMLE Guide: Medical Genetics


Medical Genetics is a branch of medicine that focuses on the study of genetic disorders and the application of genetic information for diagnosing and managing patients. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Medical Genetics for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).


  1. Basic Concepts of Medical Genetics

    • Mendelian inheritance
    • Autosomal dominant disorders
    • Autosomal recessive disorders
    • X-linked disorders
    • Genetic counseling
  2. Chromosomal Abnormalities

    • Down syndrome (Trisomy 21)
    • Turner syndrome (Monosomy X)
    • Klinefelter syndrome (47, XXY)
    • Fragile X syndrome
    • Prader-Willi syndrome
    • Angelman syndrome
  3. Single Gene Disorders

    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    • Hemophilia
    • Huntington disease
    • Marfan syndrome
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Polycystic kidney disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Thalassemias
  4. Genetic Testing and Screening

    • Carrier screening
    • Prenatal testing
    • Newborn screening
    • Predictive testing
    • Pharmacogenetic testing
  5. Genetic Disorders with Multifactorial Inheritance

    • Congenital heart defects
    • Neural tube defects
    • Cleft lip and palate
    • diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Hypertension
    • Autism spectrum disorders
  6. Genetic Disorders with Mitochondrial Inheritance

    • Mitochondrial DNA mutations
    • Leber hereditary optic neuropathy
    • Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS)
  7. Cancer Genetics

    • Oncogenes
    • Tumor suppressor genes
    • Hereditary cancer syndromes (BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome)
    • Genetic testing for cancer predisposition


Understanding the principles of Medical Genetics is essential for medical professionals to provide accurate diagnosis, appropriate management, and genetic counseling to patients with genetic disorders. This USMLE guide provides an informative overview of the key topics in Medical Genetics, enabling candidates to enhance their knowledge and perform well on the examination.

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