Education

Stanford's curriculum operates on the quarter system, with students taking six academic quarters of work and completing full-time clinical rotations during the summer between their first and second year. The course distribution allows students to take 1-3 elective courses in an area of their choice, such as Spanish language, cancer biology, pediatric and reproductive health issues, or biomedical ethics.

Curriculum

First year, Autumn (full-time status, total required units: 18)

Course Number/Title

Instructor(s)

Units

Grading Basis

SURG 201: Clinical Embryology

Salmi

1

Letter grade

MED 255C: Responsible Conduct of Research

SCBE Staff

1

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 271: Human Molecular Genetics

Hanson-Kahn

3

Letter grade

GENE 272: Intro to Medical Genetics

Ormond and Hudgins

2

Letter grade

GENE 273: Intro to Clinical Genetic Testing

Hanson-Kahn

2

Letter grade

GENE 275: Role Play and GC Observations

Ormond

2

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 284: Medical Genetics Seminar

Campion

1

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 285A: Genetic Counseling Seminar

Campion

3

Letter grade

GENE 278: Prenatal Genetic Counseling

Campion

1

S/NS*

GENE 279: Pediatric Genetic Counseling

Hanson-Kahn

1

S/NS*

GENE 281: Cancer Genetic Counseling

Ormond

1

S/NS*

 

First year, Winter (full-time status, total required units: 18)

Course Number/Title

Instructor(s)

Units

Grading Basis

GENE 274A: Case Based Approach to Clinical Genetics I

Hanson-Kahn and Hudgins

2

Letter grade

GENE 276: Clinical Rotations

Hanson-Kahn

5

Letter grade

GENE 282A: Research Seminar

Ormond

1

Letter grade

GENE 284: Medical Genetics Seminar

Campion

1

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 285B: Genetic Counseling Seminar

Campion

3

Letter grade

*5 remaining credits: Sign up for any additional electives (this is a great quarter to take a research elective if you can).

*If you register for >18 units, extra tuition fees will apply

 

First year, Spring (full-time status, total required units: 18)

Course Number/Title

Instructor(s)

Units

Grading Basis

HumBio 174: Foundations in Biomedical Ethics

Magnus

3

Letter grade

GENE 274B: Case Based Approach to Clinical Genetics II

Hanson-Kahn and Hudgins

2

Letter grade

GENE 276: Clinical Rotations

Hanson-Kahn

5

Letter grade

GENE 282B: Research Seminar

Ormond

1

Letter grade

GENE 284: Medical Genetics Seminar

Campion

1

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 285C: Genetic Counseling Seminar

Campion

3

Letter grade

*3 remaining units:  Sign up for any additional electives.

*If you register for >18 units, extra tuition fees will apply

 

First year, Summer

Students will complete clinical rotations on a full time (~40 hour/week) basis, and work on their research projects. Students will not sign up for any academic credits during this time.

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Second year, Autumn, Winter, & Spring (full-time status, total required units: 10/quarter)

Course Number/Title

Instructor(s)

Units

Grading Basis

GENE 284: Medical Genetics Seminar

Campion

1

S/NS or C/NC

GENE 286: Advanced Genetic Counseling Seminar

Ormond/Campion

2

Letter grade

GENE 276: Clinical Rotations

Hanson-Kahn

3

Letter grade

GENE 283: Genetic Counseling Research

Ormond

3

S/NS

Remaining online course (see * below)

 

1

S/NS

*Autumn 2018: enroll in GENE 280; Winter 2019: enroll in GENE 287; Spring 2019: enroll in GENE 288

*If you register for >10 units, extra tuition fees will apply

Total Units:  84

 

Note:

·      GENE 278, 279, 280, 281, 287, and 288 are online courses in prenatal, pediatrics, metabolic, cancer, cardio-, and neuro- genetics that will be taken concurrently with the relevant clinical rotations. Cardiogenetics and Neurogenetics are required even if you are not assigned a cardiogenetics or neurogenetics rotation, but they can be taken at any point in time.

·      Given the rigorous curriculum listed, students should expect that classes and clinical rotations will fill their days during regular business hours (typically 8:30-5pm, with some exceptions of required classes going until 6pm). Infrequently, required events will be scheduled on weekends or into the evenings, generally with significant advance notice.

Educational Activities


Students are required to give formal presentations during their second year in Medical Genetics Grand Rounds and Human Genetics Journal Club

Lily Hoffman-Andrews '18 presenting to Medical Genetics Grand Rounds (GENE 284)