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Clinical Rotations

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Clinical experiences provide a critical opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the impact of genetic conditions on individuals and their families. Students will develop skills to effectively communicate with families and healthcare professionals while more clearly understanding the role of genetic counselors in healthcare.

Patient Simulations:  During the first year of the program, students will primarily participate in patient simulations through the RHIC (Rural Health Innovation Collaborative).  This is an opportunity for students to practice the skills they are learning in a realistic environment.  In addition to the patient simulations, students will also observe and begin counseling in our local genetic counseling clinic

Clinical Site Rotations/Field Experience: Students will have the opportunity participate in multiple clinical rotations in the areas of pediatrics, prenatal, cancer, adult, and other specialties. Genetic counseling students will play an active role in the cases seen at each rotation and will be supervised by a certified genetic counselor.

Students must complete a minimum of 50 core cases (logbook cases) to be eligible for the ABGC certification examination. ISU students typically participate in over 150 cases during their clinical rotations. The specialties that the cases must represent is determined by the ABGC Practice Analysis which is currently requires that cases are in the following distribution - 40% Prenatal, 25% Pediatric, 25% Cancer, and 10% Adult.  These are achieved through six different clinical rotations throughout the country and in rare case internationally which begin in the summer between the first and second year of the program. 

Therefore, second year students must have access to transportation because all of our clinical rotations are outside of Terre Haute, Indiana (ISU campus).  In some cases one or two rotation can be within 2 hours of campus and considered within driving distance.  The majority of rotations will require the student to temporarily relocate.  Students are typically able to stay in one city for at least 2-3 rotations to minimize the number of times a student must move.  Common sites are listed below from previous rotations in Arizona, Oregon, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota etc. Though our list of clinical site rotations in continuously changing, we are likey to have rotations available in the following locations:

  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital - Indianapolis, IN
  • Parkview Hospital – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Beacon Medical Group – South Bend/Mishawaka, IN
  • St. Joseph Health System – Mishawaka, IN
  • Women’s Hospital at Deaconess – Evansville, IN
  • Carle Foundation Hospital – Urbana, IL
  • University of Illinois Colelge of Medicine at Peoria – Peoria, IL
  • Southern Illinois University - Springfield, IL
  • University of Louisville – Louisville, KY
  • University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY
  • Avera KcKennan Maternal Fetal Medine – Souix Falls, SD
  • Avera Cancer Institute – Sioux Falls, SD
  • Oregon Health and Science University - Portland, OR
  • VA Hospital – Los Angeles, CA
  • Integrated Genetics - Los Angeles, CA
  • The Genetics Center - Orange, CA
  • Fulgent Diagnostics – Temple City, CA
  • St. Vincent Health (Green Bay) – Green Bay, WI
  • Prevention Genetics, Marshfield, WI
  • Gundersen Healthcare System, WI
  • Honor Health, Phoenix, AZ
  • Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ
  • Novant Presbyterian Health System, Charottesville, NC
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Swedish Cancer Center - Seattle, WA
  • St. Jude Research Hospital – Memphis, TN
  • Le Bonheur - Memphis, TN
  • Carilion Clinic Maternal Fetal Medicine - Roakoke, VA
  • University of Virginia - Charolettesville, VA