First Year Experience

Observations in a variety of genetic counseling and multispecialty clinics will expand students’ knowledge of the various sub-specialties in clinical practice.  These observations help familiarize students with the range of approaches to providing genetic counseling services and, more broadly, to the varying institutional approaches to health care. 

Externships provide opportunities for students to become familiar with the operations of a variety of clinical genetics settings, to learn about the provision of services through projects and/or patient contacts. Some externships involve participating at an industry site, genetics laboratory or biotechnology company.

Family Connections Program pairs students with a family of a child with a disability to develop a personal relationship with a family currently living and dealing with the everyday issues of disability and chronic illness.  These experiences increase students’ ability to provide sensitive, balanced and knowledgeable counseling to the families they will be serving in the future.