Clinical Education Sites

Clinical training occurs during the second year of graduate school.  UAB Genetic Counseling students have a variety of locations where they complete this training.  See below for the impressive list of clinics available at UAB and at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital of Alabama.  Some students complete all or part of their clinical training at offsite locations.  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.

NOTE: We anticipate that new rotation sites will be added on an ongoing basis.  This website is updated once annually.  For questions about our current rotation sites, please contact the program.

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.

  • 22q and Related Disorders Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Adult Neurofibromatosis and Related Disorders Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Biochemical Genetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Craniofacial Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Cytogenetics Laboratory, Birmingham, AL
  • Fetal Care Clinic, Birmingham, AL Childrens of Alabama at NightThe Children's Hospital of Alabama
  • General Cancer Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • General Adult Genetics, 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 Syndrome and Related Disorders Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Metabolic Bone Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Metabolic Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Metabolic Laboratory, Birmingham, AL
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Birmingham, ALkirklin clinic nightThe Kirklin Clinic
  • Neurofibromatosis Research Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Neurogenetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Pediatric Cancer Genetics Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Pediatric Neurofibromatosis and Related Disorders Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Preconception Clinic, Birmingham, AL
  • Prenatal Counseling Only 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). Enthusiastic genetic counselors and 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
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Vandy Med CenterVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, Tennessee

Training sites include Vanderbilt University and Concert Genetics. 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
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Huntsville, Alabama

HudsonAlpha 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.  Experiencing their impressive facilities, innovative philosophy, and inspiring mission are always a favorite among UAB students.

memphis tennesseeMemphis, TennesseeMemphis, Tennessee

Some UAB students will have the opportunity to do part of their training in Memphis, TN. Training sites there include St. Jude 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 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 have an opportunity to be immersed in implementation projects aimed at integrating genomic information into clinical care.  Geisinger has an institutional commitment to research and a focus on on precision health. As a learning healthcare system, Geisinger blends clinical care and research to optimize patient care.

Meet some of Geisinger’s genetics leadership team:

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

  • Precision Health
  • Genomic Screening and Counseling Program
  • MyCode Community Health Initiative (Biobank)
  • Genomic Variant Screening
  • ClinGen Educational Resource
  • GenomeConnect
  • eMERGE Research Network (Electronic Medical Records and Genomics)
  • Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute
  • Genomic Medicine Institute
  • Oncology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Medical Genetics Clinics
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 Genomic Medicine Institute.
Click here to read more about Next Steps for Careers at Geisinger.

To learn more about the Geisinger campus and Danville, click the links below:
Danville tourism site:

Geisinger’s Genome House (available to students):

Kansas City, Missouri

Some UAB students spend a semester in Kansas City, Missouri.  An impressive children’s hospital facility here provides a rich setting for both pediatric and specialty rotations.

Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) is the only free-standing children’s Hospital between St. Louis and
Denver. In addition to the main hospital campus in downtown Kansas City, it has satellite locations throughout the KC Metro area (Northland, Independence, Kansas City, KS, and Olathe, KS). There are also outreach clinics and/or telemedicine services available at various sites throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Genetics services at CMH include robust general genetics/dysmorphology and biochemical genetics services involving four dysmorphologists, two biochemical geneticists, twelve clinical genetic counselors, three metabolic dietitians, a social worker, and nursing staff.  Their clinics are half days with an average of 40 patients per week scheduled. They primarily evaluate and treat children with the exception of the occasional adult in metabolism and those receiving prenatal care.  Their geneticists and genetic counselors are also on call and available to evaluate children on the inpatient floors as needed, and are involved in a variety of sub-specialty clinics, including those below. The biochemical service is also responsible for coordinating newborn screening follow up for the Western third of Missouri and most of Kansas.

Click here for more information about the clinics/hospital at this rotation site.
Click here to meet the genetic counselors in Kansas City.
Click here to learn more about living in Kansas City.

St. Louis, Missouri

Students who spend a semester in St. Louis will gain experiences in prenatal genetics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine and in pediatric genetics at Mercy Hospital. Both sites have genetic counselors and physicians eager to participate in student training. 

Click here for more information about pediatric genetics at Mercy Hospital.
Click here and here for more information about prenatal genetics at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Click here to meet the genetic counselors involved in these rotation sites.
Click here to learn about living in St. Louis.

Portland, OregonportlandskylinePortland, Oregon

Students training in Portland will have the opportunity to learn pediatric and cancer genetic counseling at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). Other specialty opportunities include both cardio and neuro genetics, as well as metabolic and general adult genetics.

Click here for more information on the OHSU Molecular and Medical Genetics Department.
Click here to learn about the different OHSU genetics clinics.
Click here to meet the genetic counselors involved in these rotation sites.
Click here to learn about living in Portland.

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 Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling to identify appropriate sites for student training.