As a genetic counseling student, you will get immediate hands-on experience in clinical rotations. From the first semester to the last, students work with clients, first as observers, and quickly as the primary counselors. You will interact with patients in a wide variety of settings, including prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics.
As a genetic counseling student, you will learn about the characteristics and treatment of individuals and families with genetic disorders, such as spina bifida, Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, hereditary cancers, Huntington Disease and many others.
You will experience 12 clinical rotations chosen from numerous options available at Cincinnati Children's and hospitals in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville. Each rotation will expose you to different patients, counselors and work settings. This exposure will help you develop your own counseling style, prepare you to adapt quickly to the job you choose, and allow you to explore the areas of genetic counseling that you are most interested in. By the time you graduate, you will have been the primary genetic counselor for at least 50 but often for 100 or more cases.
At the University of Cincinnati, you will begin clinical rotations at the start of the program. This early clinical exposure allows you to begin your summer internship with extensive real-world experience.
Clinical Opportunities at the UC Genetic Counseling Program
Typically 5 weeks in length throughout the school year starting in the 1st semester of the 1st year. Students are generally supervised by one counselor, but may work with a team of other genetics professionals in each rotation. These rotations are on-site (at CCHMC) or off-site (at local affiliate hospitals).
Students are placed with an off-site counselor for approximately 7 weeks in the summer semester between 1st and 2nd year. This rotation can be anywhere that supervision can be arranged with a certified genetic counselor. The internship helps the student appreciate differences in style, organization, and responsibilities of genetic counselors.
Clinics at CCHMC
Cardiomyopathy/Heart Failure Clinic
Heart Institute Genetic Counseling Clinic
Hereditary Cancer Program
Huntington Disease Center
Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Center
Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
Specialty/Alternative Clinics at CCHMC
Fetal Care Center
Clinical Genetics Laboratory
Genetic Counseling Consultations
Clinics Available at Off-Site Affiliates
Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH: Cancer Center, Prenatal Diagnosis
Riley Hospital, Indianapolis, IN: Medical Genetics Bone Dysplasia, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH: Perinatal Center
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, South Unit, KY: Women's Outpatient Service, Cancer Risk Assessment
Dayton Children's Medical Center, Dayton, OH: General Genetics, Craniofacial, Hematology, Myelomeningocele, Hereditary Cancer
Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY: Cancer, Prenatal Diagnosis, Cardiovascular Genetics
University of Louisville Weisskopf Center, Louisville, KY: General Genetics, Cancer, Craniofacial, Prenatal Diagnosis
Louisville, KY: Cancer
Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH: Prenatal Diagnosis, Cancer
OSU Maternal Fetal Medicine, Columbus, OH: Prenatal Diagnosis