Clinical Education Sites

Clinical training occurs during the second year of graduate school.  UAB Genetic Counseling students have a variety of locations where they can complete this training.  The majority of our students will gain all of the their clinical training on our campus in Birmingham in the large variety of clinics available at UAB.  See below for the impressive list of clinics available at UAB and at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital of Alabama.  There are also options for select students to complete all or part of their training at our two new regular rotation sites: Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS.  More information about these sites is found below.  Students interested in doing other offsite rotations are encouraged to talk to program leadership to establish additional rotation sites.  This has been done regularly, and a list of other rotation sites used over the past few years is also listed below.


UAB Clinical Training Sites

Kaul BuildingUAB Kaul Human Genetics Building

Genetic counseling students completing their clinical training at UAB will gain experience in the areas of prenatal, cancer, pediatric, and laboratory genetics. In addition, students have the opportunity to train in a variety of specialty settings that are unique to UAB.

To meet the UAB counselors and faculty click here.

    • Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Behavioral Genetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Biochemical Genetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Craniofacial Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Cytogenetics Laboratory, Birmingham, AL
Childrens of Alabama at NightThe Children's Hospital of Alabama
    • Fetal Diagnostics and Care Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • First Trimester Screening Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • General Cancer Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • General Pediatric Genetics, Birmingham, AL
    • Genomics Laboratory, Birmingham, AL
    • Huntington Disease Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Lynne Cohen Preventative Care Program for Women's Cancers at UAB, Birmingham, AL
    • Lysosomal Storage Disease Infusion Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Marfan Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Metabolic Clinic, Birmingham, AL
    • Metabolic Laboratory, Birmingham, AL
kirklin clinic nightThe Kirklin Clinic
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Neurofibromatosis Research Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Neurogenetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Preconception Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Prenatal Counseling Only Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Second Trimester Screening and Diagnostic Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Birmingham, AL

Click on the links for more information about the UAB Department of Genetics or The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, or The Children's Hospital of Alabama.

Mississippi campusUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJackson, Mississippi

UAB students will gain experience in Prenatal, Pediatric, and Specialty clinic settings at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC). Four enthusiastic genetic counselors and four geneticists are all integrally involved in student training. Their campus, serving Medical, Dental, Health Professions, Nursing Schools and others, is student friendly, with parking, Wi Fi, library, food/coffee and more.

To meet their genetic counselors click here.

UMMC/Batson’s Children’s Hospital
UMMC Fetal Center
UMMC Medical Genetics
Welcome to Jackson
What to do in Jackson

Vandy Med CenterVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, Tennessee

Training sites include Vanderbilt University, St. Thomas Health and NextGxDx. UAB students will gain experience in Prenatal, Pediatric, Cancer, Cardiovascular and other Specialty clinic settings. The Vanderbilt campus is impressive and accustomed to students of many graduate and health care professions.

To meet their genetic counselors click here.

Vanderbilt—Pediatric Genetics
Vanderbilt—Cancer Genetics
Vanderbilt—Fetal Center
St. Thomas Health
NextGxDx
Nashville: VisitMusicCity.com or Nashville.gov or Nashville.com
Get Connected: Nashville Facebook

Huntsville, Alabama

Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology is located in Huntsville, AL.  Their innovative team (including genetic counselors, researchers, scientists, ethicists, bioinformatics, and others) are involved in many ways with UAB genetic counseling students.  They provide lectures, serve on project committees, host rotations, host field trips, and more.  They have a large presence in genetics lay education in our state and conduct cutting edge research.  There are many chances for UAB students to get exposure to many unique roles for genetic counselors through this partnership and exposure to genomic counseling and biotechnology.  There is a section of their website (click here) that summarizes their role with our program.  Experiencing their impressive facilities, innovative philosophy, and inspiring mission are always a favorite among UAB students.

memphis tennesseeMemphis, Tennessee

Some UAB students will have the opportunity to do part of their training in Memphis, TN. Training sites there include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and the West Cancer Center. This music city on the river not only has great training sites and history, but has enthusiastic genetic counselors and doctors who are excited to host students.

To meet their genetic counselors click here.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and their Division of Cancer Predisposition
Baptist Memorial Hospital and their Cancer Genetic Testing and Counseling Center
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and their Pediatric Genetics Program
West Cancer Center and their Cancer Genetic Counseling Program
Welcome to Memphis
What to do in Memphis

Danville, Pennsylvania

UAB students who spend time at this rotation site will experience the renowned Geisinger Health System at its finest.  Geisinger has an institutional commitment to research and a focus on personalized (precision) medicine. They are committed to providing the best care for patients and shaping genomic healthcare nationally, as they incorporate genomics into routine clinical care.

Meet some of Geisinger’s genetics leadership team:

Geisinger Genetic Counselors currently hold faculty, research, and clinical positions in:

  • precision medicine
  • ClinGen
  • eMERGE
  • autism & developmental medicine
  • oncology
  • MyCode Community Health Initiative
  • Genomic Variant Screening
  • GenomeConnect
  • PA Cure
  • maternal-fetal medicine
  • pediatrics

Click here to hear from a few genetic counselors at Geisinger: 
Click here to read more about Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute:
Click here to read more about Geisinger’s MyCode project:

To learn more about the Geisinger campus and Danville, click the links below:
Gesinger’s Health System and location (Danville, PA): http://www.geisinger.org/for-professionals/careers/
Danville tourism site: http://www.visitpa.com/cities/danville


Additional Off-Site Rotation Options

Off site locations are possible for student rotations.  The UAB Genetic Counseling program has the ability to partner with non-UAB hospitals for student training.  Affiliation agreements have been established (or are in progress) between our program and hospitals in:

  • Australia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio 
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Others are possible, and we are open to working with students and the American Board of Genetic Counseling to identify appropriate sites for student training.