Stanford's genetic counseling program provides students with a depth and breadth of fieldwork experiences to support the development of practice-based competencies.

  • Training occurs in multiple specialty areas across the life cycle, including possible rotations in prenatal, pediatrics, adult, cancer, neurogenetics, cardiogenetics and reproductive genetics
  • All students complete a rotation in variant interpretation

  • Placements occur in a variety of settings (clinical, laboratory, research, industry)
  • Multiple service delivery models are utilized (in-person, telephone, tele-medicine)
  • Students interact with clients with a wide variety of reasons for referral and diagnoses

  • Students serve patients from a range of socioeconomic, racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Training at sites with Spanish-speaking genetic counselors may be possible
  • Some fieldwork placements may require transportation (car or public transportation)

  • Additional skill development can be gained by working with non-genetics providers, or in utilization management, sales and marketing, leadership, or with support groups and advocacy organizations
  • Students have opportunities to work with trained actors in a recorded setting in Stanford’s Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning
  • Starting fieldwork experiences during year 1 gives students the maximum opportunity to develop competencies and integrate didactic and fieldwork experiences.  Students complete fieldwork training over the course of 6 quarters, including summer.
    • The Role Play course in fall quarter of year 1 introduces students to components of clinical interactions
    • Clinical Training Boot Camp in winter quarter of year 1 facilitates development of clinical skills and organizational techniques that students will use in rotations
    • Fieldwork training begins winter quarter of year 1
    • Fieldwork training during the academic year is a mixture of 5- and 10- week blocks, part time
    • Fieldwork training in the summer is typically 10 weeks, full time

Sample Fieldwork Schedule