Clinical experience is integral to overall graduate training in genetic counseling. Graduate Program in Genetic Medicine students become involved with the clinical practice early in their training so that they gain as much experience as possible during the program. We pride ourselves on the breadth and diversity of our clinical rotation sites, both in terms of clinical specialty and patient population. For those who wish to develop fluency in medical Spanish, emphasis can be placed on clinical rotations where Spanish is the predominant language.
Over the summer, students have the opportunity to complete full-time rotations in or outside of Chicago, and several students even have summer internships abroad.
The first quarter of the program focuses on preparing students for rotations through classes, participation in patient review and journal club, role-playing, and observation of genetic counseling sessions. Beginning in the second quarter, students rotate through six five-week rotations at hospitals and clinics in the Chicagoland area. All students will have one to two rotations in each of the following areas:
Cancer and Adult Genetic Counseling
Pediatric and General Genetic Counseling
Students learn to apply clinical dysmorphology skills, medical history-taking and evaluation of developmental delay in general pediatric genetics clinics. They also participate in specialty clinics for children with genetic conditions such as 22q11.2 deletions, neurofibromatosis, skeletal dysplasias, Marfan syndrome and metabolic disorders. Students are frequently involved in state newborn screening follow-up.
In addition to the rotations above, each student will have the opportunity to participate in one or more specialty genetics clinics:
This rotation is at Imerman Angels or other advocacy locations. The purpose of the advocacy rotation is to expose genetic counseling graduate students to the components and system of non-profit organizations in the healthcare arena. It is the aim for students to acquire knowledge and experiences that contribute to the successful execution of a mission in a community setting.
Cardiomyopathies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Industry at Various Locations
Laboratory at Various Locations
Advocate Christ Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
Advocate Lutheran Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago Genetic Consultants
DuPage Medical Group
Insight Medical Genetics
Loyola University Medical Center
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Reproductive Genetic Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Stroger Cook County Hospital
University of Chicago Hospitals
University of Illinois at Chicago