Erika Renkes

B.S., The University of Iowa; M.S., Sarah Lawrence College. Erika currently practices as a cancer genetic counselor in Manhattan and Queens at Northwell Health Cancer Institute. She is also a clinical supervisor and thesis advisor for students in Sarah Lawrence’s genetic counseling program. Prior to starting her master’s degree, Erika was a research assistant at the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories (MORL) at The University of Iowa where she was involved in research focusing on the molecular genetics of hearing loss and variant curation for hereditary hearing loss. SLC 2022-​

Graduate Courses 2023-2024

MS Human Genetics

Evidence-Based Practice

Graduate Seminar—Fall

This course frames the healthcare literature as the foundation of evidence for clinical practice. Students will understand that in order for literature to be translated into clinical practice to best serve patients, practitioners must be critical consumers of publications. To build a foundation of evidence-based practice, students will explore processes of clinical research and examine definitions of evidence. They will develop their own evidence-based practice by learning how to collate judgments about available data – judgments which are perpetually uncertain, ambiguous, and complex as research adds to and alters our present knowledge of health. By the end of the course, students will grow to be consciously critical clinical practitioners who personalize their case preparationto their patients by embodying a practice grounded in research-derived clinical skills.