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Clinical Rotations

Four senior year clinical rotations let you apply core principles from the classroom to patient care in the clinic. While you're studying at one of these regional genetic centers, you'll work under the direct supervision of a certified genetic counselor.

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group - Columbia, S.C.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prenatal
Students are exposed to all facets of prenatal screening and diagnosis including CVS, amniocentesis, high-resolution ultrasound, first trimester screening, and noninvasive prenatal screening. During the course of the rotation, students may also work with patients for preconception genetic counseling and other adult onset genetic conditions. Students have the opportunity to attend a monthly multidisciplinary fetal board meeting.

Cancer
Students will participate in full genetic counseling sessions for individuals who have a personal diagnosis or family history of cancer. Students will offer gene panel testing, attend tumor boards and participate in telemedicine for satellite clinics. 


The Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, S.C.

Prenatal Wellness Center 
This rotation offers a variety of prenatal and preconception genetic counseling opportunities and observation of prenatal tests, including CVS, amniocentesis, and high-resolution ultrasound.  The monthly Fetal Board allows for the participation in a multidisciplinary discussion and planning of management of pregnancies with fetal abnormalities.

Department of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics
Our department serves both pediatric and adult patients with a wide variety of genetic needs.  Students have the opportunity to participate in cases that involve indications such as autism/developmental delays, connective tissue disorders, ophthalmology conditions, neuromuscular disorders, and many others.  We also have metabolic and craniofacial clinics at MUSC.  Students are also able to observe in-patient genetic consultations in the NNICU, PICU, and other in-patient units around the hospital.       

 

Greenville Hospital System Cancer Genetics Clinic - Greenville, S.C. 

Students gain experience in counseling about hereditary cancer risks, reviewing genetic testing options, and facilitating patient decision-making in an oncology setting. Students participate in follow-up consultation when a patient is known to have a documented hereditary cancer mutation with our medical director. This includes full discussion of cancer risk management, inheritance pattern and assisting relatives in pursing testing, providing support resources, and psychosocial adjustment to hereditary cancer risk.

 

The Greenwood Genetic Center

Columbia, S.C
This rotation provides opportunity to participate in neonatal, child and adult evaluations, outreach satellite clinics and specialty clinics such as craniofacial, metabolic, and Down syndrome clinics.

Greenville, S.C.
This rotation provides the opportunity to see children and adults with a variety of genetic conditions and for a variety of referral reasons.  Specialty clinics, such as craniofacial, neurodevelopmental, and muscular dystrophy, offer exposure to clinics in a team setting. 

Greenwood, S.C.
This center provides prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetic counseling services. Individuals are referred for a variety of general genetic conditions; GGC places an emphasis on developmental disorders, autism and birth defects. Laboratory activities include cytogenetic, molecular, and metabolic diagnostics and research. There are opportunities to participate in monthly Case Review.

 

Augusta University Medical Center - Augusta, Ga.

This rotation provides experience with inpatient and outpatient comprehensive genetic counseling evaluations and offers opportunities for student participation in interdisciplinary specialty teams such as comprehensive cystic fibrosis clinic (pediatric and adult) and comprehensive hemophilia clinic (pediatric and adult). Students will also participate in cancer genetic counseling evaluations. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hospital-wide genetic test management decisions.

 

The Atrium - Charlotte, N.C.

Women’s Institute
Students will work alongside ultrasonographers and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists to provide the full spectrum of prenatal and preconception genetic counseling services. Patients are referred for advanced maternal age, abnormal prenatal screens, family history concerns, carrier screening, teratogenic exposures, maternal conditions, recurrent pregnancy loss, and abnormal ultrasound findings. In addition, students have the opportunity to observe patients in the Fetal Care Center, which provides fetal surgery for complex indications.

Levine Cancer Institute
This rotation offers genetic counseling services, including pedigree analysis, cancer risk assessment, and genetic testing. Students will assist in cancer genetic counseling sessions for a variety of indications, including evaluation for hereditary breast, gynecologic, and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as other hereditary cancer syndromes. Students will also attend our Cancer Genetics Conference and various multidisciplinary tumor boards hosted by the Levine Cancer Institute.

Levine Children’s Hospital
Multiple specialists work as a team to diagnose genetic conditions using the latest chromosomal, metabolic and DNA analysis techniques. Students will be exposed to referrals for pediatric and adult genetic conditions including:

  • Growth problems, such as skeletal dysplasias
  • Birth defects and multiple congenital anomalies
  • Chromosome conditions such as Down syndrome
  • Developmental delays and neurological problems, such as autism
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Spina bifida

In addition to the general genetics clinics, we also have several multidisciplinary clinics for Down syndrome, metabolic disorders, and cystic fibrosis. We will be participating in an aortopathy clinic and Tuberous sclerosis clinics in the near future.