Victor McKusick and his short course

Charles Wray, Gregory Cox, David Valle

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The Short Course in Human and Mammalian Genetics and Genomics (aka the “Short Course” or the “Bar Harbor course”) is one of Victor McKusick's landmark contributions to medical genetics. Conceived in 1959 as a way to increase the contribution of genetic advances to medicine, it has directly affected more than 7000 students and 600 participating faculty from around the world. Now, more than 10 years after his death, it continues to be a vibrant disseminator of genetics, and genomics knowledge for medicine, a catalytic agent for ongoing research and a source of collegiality in our field. What an extraordinary gift!.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3242-3252
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Johns Hopkins
  • The Bar Harbor Course
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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