Fieldwork and Clinical Training
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).
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.
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.
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
- Boston Children's
- Brigham and
- Dana Farber
- Feingold Center for Children
- South Shore Hospital
- Tufts New
England Medical Center; and
of Massachusetts Medical School
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.