The Genetic Counseling Program
Fieldwork and Clinical Training

Fieldwork and clinical internships are an important, integral part of the program. First-year students carry out a community-based rotation during the first semester. Starting in the summer following the first year and continuing through the second year, students participate in three intensive clinical internships at prenatal, pediatric, general or cancer and specialty genetics clinics (500 to 600 hours).

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Class of 1996

Working directly with patients and their families under the supervision of genetic counselors and clinical geneticists, students become familiar with the practice of genetic counseling and develop their research, counseling and communication skills. Students completing the program will have acquired the 50 cases required by the American Board of Genetic Counseling for certification.

Students have the opportunity to work at a large number of community based educational and healthcare programs, as well as genetics based clinics, labs and research programs in the major medical centers in the Boston area. Students also meet with families with disabilities as part of their first year field placements. These placement experiences deepen the students' understanding of disability issues, illustrate how the genetic counselor fits into the health care continuum, demonstrate the various approaches to genetic counseling and expose the students to professional opportunities for genetic counselors.

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Class of 1997

Brandeis is affiliated with many of the hospitals and clinics in the Boston area. Second-year students have the opportunity to participate in clinical internships at:

  • Beth Israel Hospital
  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Center
  • Feingold Center for Children
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Tufts New England Medical Center; and
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School

Opportunities for clinical internships also exist at Women and Infants Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island; Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine; and Dartmouth-Hancock Medical Center in Dartmouth, New Hampshire.

 
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