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 prenatal, general genetics, metabolic genetics, cancer, neurogenetics, cardiogenetics and reproductive genetics

  • All students complete a rotation in variant interpretation

  • Exposures occur in a variety of settings (clinical, laboratory, research, industry)

  • Multiple service delivery models are utilized (telephone, in-person, tele-medicine)

  • Students interact with clients with a wide variety of reasons for referral and diagnoses

  • Students serve patients from a range of socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Training at sites with Spanish-speaking genetic counselors is possible

  • 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.  In total, students complete ~ 50 weeks of fieldwork training.

    • Role plays begin in the fall quarter of year 1
    • Fieldwork training in winter and spring quarters of year 1 in four 5-week blocks, part time
    • Fieldwork training in the summer is typically 10-weeks, full time
    • Fieldwork training in year 2 is a mixture of 5- and 10- week blocks, part time

Fieldwork experiences outside of the Bay Area may be possible for students with a strong interest or need to be in a specific location over the summer or during year 2. For additional details, please see our FAQ.