Clinical Training & Fieldwork


Assistant Director of Human Genetics

E-mail Janelle


Through clinical training and fieldwork, students obtain exposure to a variety of clinical specialties, including prenatal, pediatric, cancer, cardiovascular, neurogenetics, and multidisciplinary specialty clinics.

Students must complete 18 credits (1,000 hours) of clinical training:

  • First-year disability service learning rotation/course (2 credits/100 hours)
  • First-year clinical rotation (1 credit/2 rotations of 50 hours each)
  • Summer clinical rotation (6 credits/320 hours)
  • Second-year clinical rotation (9 credits/480 hours)

Students spend one day per week in clinical placements during the first year; during the second year, it is two days per week. Summer rotations are five days per week for eight weeks, or four days per week for 10 weeks.

Out of the seven rotations that each student attends, there is a concerted effort to ensure that all students have a diverse set of experiences. During summer rotations, students can choose an external site where they would like to work. Going abroad is acceptable, as is staying in the New York area. The process is much like applying for a job, including providing a resume and interviewing for the position.

There are opportunities to learn from genetic counselors and other health care professionals working in public health, bioethics, and developmental disabilities. Sarah Lawrence has established affiliations with more than 50 genetics centers in the New York metropolis – the greatest concentration of such centers in the world, where students encounter an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population.

These clinical training partners include most of the major academic medical centers and top research institutions in the region. Some include:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Rutgers/University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Rockefeller University
  • New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center
  • New York Genome Center
  • Geisinger Health System