The clinical training component of the Emory GC Training Program is designed to provide students with exposure to genetic counseling and other aspects of the provision of genetic services throughout their program experience, and in a wide variety of settings. It is our philosophy that concepts learned through didactic coursework are better understood, better retained, and more meaningful if accompanied concurrently by real world clinical experiences.
In addition to the multiple clinical training opportunities provided through the Emory Division of Medical Genetics, students will complete rotations with non-Emory genetic counselors and other genetics practitioners at various clinics, hospitals and facilities in the greater Atlanta area. Opportunities for summer rotations elsewhere in Georgia or out-of-state will also be facilitated based on student preference.
The student’s clinical practicum will begin in their first fall semester with 8 weeks of clinical observations, role-play activities, and simulations with standardized patients. During the second eight weeks of the fall semester, the students will begin the first of a series of 8 independent clinical rotations each of 8 weeks duration. The required core rotations and secondary options are listed below.
*To include the following specialty clinics: Down syndrome, Fragile X, Cystic Fibrosis,Pediatric Cardiology, Craniofacial clinic, Mitochondrial Disease Program, Metabolic/Nutrition Clinic
**To include the following specialty clinics: Neuropsychiatric, Jewish Genetic Disease Program, Ophthalmology, Adult Cardiology, Excellence for 22q