UAB Genetic Counseling students complete 5 clinical rotations and one laboratory rotation. Rotations occur during the summer after the first year and during the second year of the program.

Year 1: Clinical observations in pediatric, cancer, and prenatal genetics

Location: UAB

Summer: Two-week laboratory rotation and four-week clinical rotation in either a pediatric, cancer, prenatal, adult, or other specialty genetics clinic

Locations: Lab Rotation: UAB; Clinical Rotations: various

Year 2: Four clinical rotations either 7-8 weeks long in a variety of specialties

Locations: UAB or partner site, see below


NOTE: We anticipate that new rotation sites will be added on an ongoing basis. This website is updated once annually.

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Clinical Training Sites

Most students will complete a semester (2 rotations) at UAB and a semester (2 rotations) at a clinical partner site. When rotating offsite, students will still join class in real time with their classmates. Training tracks are discussed during program interviews. Students rank their clinical track preferences as part of the Match.

  • UAB

    UAB has pediatric, prenatal, cancer and a variety of specialty genetics clinics.

    Specialty Clinics:

    • 22q and Related Disorders Clinic
    • Adult Neurofibromatosis and Related Disorders Clinic
    • Biochemical Genetics Clinic
    • Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic
    • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
    • Genomic Medicine Clinic
    • Huntington Disease Clinic
    • Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders Clinic
    • Metabolic Genetics Clinic
    • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic
    • Neurofibromatosis Research Clinic
    • Neurogenetics Clinic
    • Pediatric Cancer Genetics Clinic
    • Pediatric Neurofibromatosis and Related Disorders Clinic
    • Preconception Clinic
    • Undiagnosed Disease Program Clinic

    Find out more about UAB Department of Genetics, UAB Hospital, or Children’s of Alabama.

  • Jacksonville, FL

    Students on this track will complete their pediatric and cancer rotations in Jacksonville, Florida. They will also have the opportunity to see some adult genetics cases. The pediatric rotation is completed at University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville. Training in cancer and adult clinics is a joint effort between the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic.

    Check out the links below to learn more about these rotation sites and Jacksonville:

  • Kansas City, MO

    Students complete their pediatric and specialty/adult clinical rotations in Kansas City.

    Genetics services at Children’s Mercy Kansas City 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.

    For more information about the clinics/hospital at this rotation site, visit the Children's Mercy website.

    Learn about the living in Kansas City:

  • Louisville, KY

    The students rotating in Louisville, Kentucky at will complete their Cancer and Pediatrics rotations with the counselors and physicians at Norton Healthcare. In addition to traditional clinical patients, students will be able to participate in hospital consults and “curbside” consults of patients being seen by the developmental pediatricians. Educational opportunities include Pediatric Grand Rounds, Tumor Boards, and a campus wide Journal Club.

    Learn more about genetics and genetic testing at Norton:

  • Memphis, TN

    Memphis training sites include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and the West Cancer Center. Students will complete their pediatric and cancer rotations in Memphis.

    Learn about Memphis, TN:

  • Portland, OR

    Students training on the Portland track will have the opportunity to complete a cancer and prenatal genetics rotations at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

    Learn about the clinical sites here:

  • Additional Sites

    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.